Lesson Plan:

Solid Shapes: Identifying 3-D Shapes

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October 16, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur
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October 16, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify geometric shapes in objects they use in their daily lives.


Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they are going to learn about 3-D geometric shapes.
  • Show them examples of 2-D and 3-D shapes, such as a circle and a sphere.
  • List all of the names of the shapes that your students will be working on.
  • Ask them to name some shapes they see around them.
  • Read the book Shapes in Our World by Moira Anderson.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Make 3-D shapes by folding paper.
  • Show the folded shapes to your students, and name each shape clearly.
  • Display the written name of the shape next to the corresponding shape.
  • Show them some everyday objects that correspond to these shapes.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have your students explore the premade folded shapes, everyday objects, and names of the shapes.
  • Encourage them to count the number of sides of a 2-D shape and compare with its 3-D shape.
  • Ask them to look at the names of the shapes and say the names.
  • Give each student a copy of the Sort 3-D Shapes worksheet, and go over the worksheet with them.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Instruct your students to complete the worksheet.



  • Enrichment: Have your students write the names of the shapes without referring to the name tags. Give them directions to make the folded shapes.
  • Support: Help your students by writing the name of the shape with a highlighter, and have them draw 2-D shapes on paper.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Ask questions about the shapes, their names, and commonly seen objects in the environment.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Go over all of the shapes and their names.
  • Give each student a turn to match the shape to its name.
  • Ask your students to name common objects in a shape that you call out.

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