A sorting game to use in the classroom when identifying the properties of 2-D shapes and 3-D figures.
Use this teaching resource as a math center activity to help students identify and compare 2-D shapes and 3D objects.
Individually or in small groups, students sort the cards into two groups, 2-D shapes and 3-D figures. Once the cards have been sorted, students then match the pictures with their names.
Print a class set of cards on cardstock for added durability, and store in a ziplock bag.
This resource includes the following shapes:
- triangular prism
- square-based pyramid
- hexagonal prism
- triangular-based pyramid
- rectangular prism.
Three blank cards have also been included to add more shapes as a class.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangl...
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.
Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.
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