# Classifying 3-D Figures Game (Classifying Solid Shapes / Solid Figures)

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Three Dimensional Figure Classification Challenge: Building a strong understanding of the different types of 3-D figures and their characteristics is a vital first step toward introducing solid figures, teaching a unit on volume and surface area, discussing density, attacking higher geometry, lessons that involve solids. For students, this first step can be both a dry and an overwhelming math subject. The 3-D Classification Challenge puts the fun back into solids via two activities:

1. The Solid Voyage of Discovery – In this activity, students use either the pictures provided or a set of three dimensional shapes to identify number of edges, bases, faces, and vertices of ten different three-dimensional figures. They then answer a number of critical thinking questions to identify properties of different prisms, pyramids, cylinders, and spheres. This activity introduces the students to three dimensional vocabulary and to properties of specific solids.

2. The Solid Classification Challenge – This activity is a healthy competition in which the students are given definitions of various solids and then given 20-30 minutes to give as many solid names as appropriate to each of 16 different figures. This activity helps cement the properties of various solids in a way that will be both enjoyable and productive.

The Solid Classification Challenge can be used either as a great first-two-days for any unit involving three-dimensional figures or as a stand-alone two-day activity. It is the latest in a series of products that introduce geometry to fourth through seventh grade students through poetry, songs, stories, worksheets, and other fun activities. Other products currently available include:

The Polygon Song – a free download to introduce simple polygon characteristics.

Polygon Classification Challenge – an exciting game that helps students learn and retain a variety of polygon names and properties.

Quadrilateral Mania – an introduction to quadrilaterals via a story, poetry, a family tree worksheet, another challenge game (all with an amazing cast of animated quadrilateral characters!), and a follow up cement-the-concepts worksheet.

Parallelogram Mania – the sequel to Quadrilateral Mania, introduces students to parallelogram area and perimeter via a voyage of discovery, a story told in rhyme and pictures, a rap song, and a follow up worksheet.

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