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Nets of 3D Shapes

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 13 pages | Grades: 5 - 6

Printable nets of 3-D figures.

A geometry net is a 2-dimensional shape that can be folded to form a 3-dimensional figure. Using nets in the classroom allows students to explore the more familiar 2-dimensional shapes that go into making a 3-dimensional one.

This resource is great to use when students are learning about volume and surface area.

Have students cut out the net, fold it, and glue it together to see what 3-dimensional shape it makes. If students are using the nets to determine the volume of the figure, they should not glue down the ‘top’ of the solid. This will allow them to fill their solid with centimeter cubes to determine the volume.

Alternatively, have students tape the base of each net in their math journals and write notes about each figure out beside it. Then, they can fold the net to see its shape and then unfold and lay flat to close their journal.

Nets include:

  • Cone
  • Cylinder
  • Square Pyramid
  • Triangular Pyramid
  • Pentagonal Pyramid
  • Hexagonal Pyramid
  • Octagonal Pyramid
  • Triangular Prism
  • Pentagonal Prism
  • Hexagonal Prism
  • Octagonal Prism
  • Square Prism or Cube
  • Rectangular Prism or Cuboid.

To make larger nets for your students, choose the tabloid version in the drop-down menu.

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