This activity helps students relate cubes, cylinders, cones, and rectangular prisms to the two-dimensional shapes (nets) from which they were created.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Mathematics - 4th Grade
Standard 3 Objective 3
Visualize and identify geometric shapes after applying transformations.
- A variety of commercial containers in the shape of cones, cubes, rectangular
- Geo-solids (e.g., cubes, cones, rectangular prisms, cylinders)
Geo-blocks Job Cards (Creative Publication)
Jacket constructions grades 4-8 (Creative Publications)
Background For Teachers:
Nets are the two-dimensional shape that, when folded, would cover a three-dimensional
Intended Learning Outcomes:
2. Become mathematical problem solvers.
3. Reason mathematically.
Invitation to Learn
If we cut these containers at the seams what will they look like?
For each cube, cone, rectangular prism, and cylinder, do the following:
- Take apart each box or container at the seams.
- Examine the two dimensional shape from which it came.
- Discuss how the net was made and the two-dimensional shapes that made it.
- Make a net that will fit the solid.
- Allow students to work with geo-solids (blocks) and make the net that would
Find solids in the world. Take a geometry hike and discover where and how solids
are used in the building world.
Homework & Family Connections
Have students show parents how to make nets listed in the objective.
Given any solid listed in the core, students should be able to make a net to
fit. After the net is drawn, have students cut out, fold, and check it for fit.
Created Date :
Aug 29 2003 09:03 AM