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Let's Sort It! - 2D and 3D Shapes

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 9 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

Play this sorting game when learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Teaching 2D Shapes and 3D Objects? We Have You Sorted!

Learning to differentiate 2D shapes from 3D objects is an important learning activity for young children that can support their cognitive, mathematical, language, and motor skill development.

This hands-on sorting activity can be used in your Math lessons to help students recognize and categorize 2D shapes and 3D objects by comparing and contrasting their features.

What 2D and 3D Shapes Are Included?

This resource includes the following 2D and 3D shapes:

Hexagon, trapezium, oval, kite, parallelogram, rhombus, square, triangle, circle, rectangle, pentagon, octagon, cube, cylinder, triangular prism, square-based pyramid, hexagonal prism, triangular-based pyramid, sphere, cone, rectangular prism.

Multiple Applications for This Shape Sorting Activity  

This versatile Math resource can be used in multiple ways in your classroom. Why not try some of the following suggestions:

  • Whole-class warm-up
  • Small-group rotations
  • Targeted intervention groups
  • Fast finisher challenge
  • Homework activity

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to select between the color or black-and-white version of this PDF resource.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

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