teaching resource

My 3D Shape Mini-Book

  • Updated

    Updated:  01 Nov 2023

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

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  1 - 3

teaching resource

My 3D Shape Mini-Book

  • Updated

    Updated:  01 Nov 2023

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

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  1 - 3

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

3D Shape Properties… Explained!

Let’s face it… primary-aged children LOVE little books! We’ve capitalized on this fact by creating an informative and age-appropriate mini-book to deepen your students’ knowledge and understanding of some common 3D figures and their properties. By engaging with this resource, students will learn about the following three-dimensional shapes:

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

For each object, students are required to:

  • Read about the object’s properties.
  • Draw the object.
  • Record the number of faces, edges and vertices, or the number of flat and curved surfaces.

How to Create This 3D Shapes Mini-Book

This resource contains nine pages. Each page includes two mini-book pages (18 pages in total). To assemble the mini-book, follow these simple steps.

  1. Print out the resource. Create copies as required.
  2. Cut each page along the dotted line.
  3. Compile the pages in order.
  4. Staple the pages along the left-side margin to create a booklet. 
  5. Distribute to the students.

A Note About Cones and Cylinders

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.

Should you wish to adapt these definitions, please download the editable Google Slides version of this resource.

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.


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

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