teaching resource

# 3D Shape Detective - Worksheet

• Updated:  05 Jun 2023

Explore the properties of some common three-dimensional shapes with this printable worksheet.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

### Curriculum

• #### Math 1.6(E)

Identify three-dimensional solids, including spheres, cones, cylinders, rectangular prisms (including cubes), and triangular prisms, and describe their attributes using formal geometric language;

• #### Math 2.8(B)

Classify and sort three-dimensional solids, including spheres, cones, cylinders, rectangular prisms (including cubes as special rectangular prisms), and triangular prisms, based on attributes using formal geometric language;

• #### Math 3.6(A)

Classify and sort two- and three-dimensional figures, including cones, cylinders, spheres, triangular and rectangular prisms, and cubes, based on attributes using formal geometric language;

teaching resource

# 3D Shape Detective - Worksheet

• Updated:  05 Jun 2023

Explore the properties of some common three-dimensional shapes with this printable worksheet.

• Non-Editable:  PDF

• Pages:  1 Page

Explore the properties of some common three-dimensional shapes with this printable worksheet.

## Explore 3D Shapes and Their Properties

Once your students can successfully recognise and name the most common 3D shapes, it’s time to move on to teaching them the properties (features) of these geometric figures.

This worksheet requires students to record the number of faces, edges and vertices, or the number of flat and curved surfaces, for some of the most common 3D shapes. The shapes included on the worksheet are:

• Cube
• Pyramid
• Rectangular prism
• Cylinder
• Sphere
• Cone

## Within this resource, you will notice the following properties are attributed to cones and cylinders:

• Cones – 1 flat surface, 1 curved surface
• Cylinders – 2 flat surfaces, 1 curved surface

In geometry, the following definitions apply to faces, edges and vertices:

• Face – A flat surface with straight edges.
• Edge – A straight line formed by two faces meeting.
• Vertex – The point where two or more edges meet.

According to these definitions, a cone has no faces, edges or vertices. It has one flat surface, one curved surface and one apex.

Similarly, according to these definitions, a cylinder has no faces, edges or vertices. It has two flat surfaces and one curved surface.

## Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the easy-print PDF or the editable Google Slides version of this resource.

As this resource contains an answer sheet, we recommend printing one copy of the entire file, then removing the worksheet for photocopying.

Alternatively, project the worksheet onto a screen and complete it as a class. This paperless approach is a great way to make your classroom a more sustainable environment!

This resource was created by Jodi Chubb, a teacher in Pennsylvania and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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