Do you have a set of Geoblocks sitting around in your classroom waiting for someone to do something interesting with them? Have you exhausted the sorting and identifying edges, faces and vertices (or "corners," if you will....)? Do you want something really neat to do with them which will develop your students' abilities to visualize and represent 3 dimensional shapes in 2 dimensions?
This is a set of 16 Geoblock "search and sketch" puzzles. Students look at the sheet and find the block which matches the different faces. That's not too bad. The hard part comes when they have to sketch what the block looks like in the space below.
Many of you may be thinking, "oh, this is too hard for my little ones! Their fine motor skills aren't that well developed!" True, but that's besides the point: to help your students develop better visualization skills, they need to do tasks which will help develop those skills (and which you can teach them along the way....)
I've included an answer key with examples of different ways students represented the shapes they found. You'll see there are a variety of ways to show what they see.
There is also a blank "Do It Yourself" puzzle sheet so that students can make their own puzzles, which can be shared with other members of the class. It also means that you can have your students make puzzles for other shapes that you may have in your set, or from other sets of geometric blocks.
This is a great activity from your students who may be advanced with visual development, but may be lagging behind when it comes to numerical skills, as it gives them a chance to shine. So please, do it!