3-D Shape Fun!

The past month, we've been learning all about 3-D shapes and my kids are having a blast! I even had one bring a book to me this morning and say, "There are 3-D solid shapes in this book!" {Insert happy teacher dance!} Here's a little recap of what we've done!
I like to introduce solid shapes the same way every year...with a snack of course!
I give the kids one of each and we talk about the attributes of each and chart before we eat them. For some reason, this really makes those attributes stick and they can immediately tell me how many faces and vertices each shape has.

After this introduction, we focus on a shape a day and work on sorting real life examples. We do this whole group and then on individual cut and paste activity pages.
Then, we review all the shapes together. We practice sorting with my shape sorting cards. When we sort, I make the kids tell me why the shape belongs in a certain group {for example, it has 1 vertice and 1 face shaped like a circle, so it's a cone}.
Probably my favorite thing we do is to make our 3-D shape people. My kids LOVED the 2-D shape people we made in the fall, and they were just as crazy about these! I didn't have time for the kids to make one of each of the shapes we learn, so I made copies of 5 of each shape and laid it out for the kids to pick the shape they wanted.
{I wish I could afford to make everything with cardstock!!}
Now, usually I pre-cut crafts for my kids, but on shape people, I always make them cut so they are working on and noticing the attributes of the shape.

The kids make the shape people by attaching eyes, arms, legs, hands, and feet to the body of their shape. I love these because the shapes are used over and over for the parts of the shape guy!
To finish, the kids write how many faces and vertices the shape has and attach it to their shape.
These little guys are always the perfect culmination of our 3-D shape unit!


If you'd like to check out these activities, you can click the picture below {and hurry while they're on sale today in the big TpT sale!}
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/You-Better-Shape-Up-3D-Shapes-1005348

You can also get this pack bundled with my 2-D shape pack if you need both!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Shape-Up-Bundle-1729250

I'm off to Tampa today to visit a Kagan model school...I am so excited!!

5 comments

  1. I think I have been to that Kagan model a couple of times in the past years for workshops. Enjoy!
    Your 3D shape characters are adorable!

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  2. Your 3D shape guys turned out so cute!!!!
    Suzanne @KindergartenPlanet

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  4. How long did it take to make the shape people? They're so cute! Might have to buy this pack!

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