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2D and 3D Shapes - 5 Activities!

Reading Royalty
Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
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This bundle includes 5 activities focusing on 2D and 3D shapes.

The 2D shapes include: circle, square, rectangle, and triangle.

The 3D shapes include: sphere, cube, rectangular prism, cylinder, cone, and pyramid.

All of the activities include teacher information and student directions. Examples and answer keys are provided where necessary.


Geoboard Task Cards: 18 task cards focusing on the sides and corners/vertices (two versions) in 2D shapes. Students will use the task cards and elastics, string, or yarn to create different shapes on their geoboards.

Sorting 3D Shapes:

36 picture cards representing everyday objects for each 3D shape. Students can use the differentiated heading cards (names and pictures, pictures only, or names only) to sort the pictures by the different types of 3D shapes.

Shape Detective:

10 task cards giving clues about the characteristics of 2D and 3D shapes. Students have to determine what 2D or 3D shape is being described by the clues.

3D Shape Vocabulary:

The Frayer model is used for this activity. Students fill in the characteristics (faces, edges, and vertices), draw what the shape looks like, give an example of an everyday object with the shape, and give a non example of an everyday object.

Hunt for 3D Shapes:

This activity will help solidify that 3D shapes are all around us in everyday objects. Students need to look around the classroom, or their home, to find common objects that match a 3D shape.

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2D 3D Shapes Activities by Michaela Almeida is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.


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