Teaching Resource
Nets of 3-D Figures
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.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.3
Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.3.A
A cube with side length 1 unit, called a "unit cube," is said to have "one cubic unit" of volume, and can be used to measure volume.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.3.B
A solid figure which can be packed without gaps or overlaps using n unit cubes is said to have a volume of n cubic units.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.4
Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.5.A
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with whole-number side lengths by packing it with unit cubes, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths, equivalently by multiplying the height by the area of t...
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.5.B
Apply the formulas V = l ร w ร h and V = b ร h for rectangular prisms to find volumes of right rectangular prisms with whole-number edge lengths in the context of solving real world and mathematical problems.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.C.5.C
Recognize volume as additive. Find volumes of solid figures composed of two non-overlapping right rectangular prisms by adding the volumes of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.2
Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism...
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.4
Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
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We have added 6 nets to this resource.
Addition by Natalie Jul 11th, 2020
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