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Three Dimensional Shapes and Their Attributes Digital Notebook Distance Learning

Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
41 Slides
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  1. Elementary students learn that solid shapes have attributes such as faces, edges, vertices, and even angles. The bundled digital notebook uses embedded videos to make the math visual by showing students how to identify those attributes of 3D shapes. The bundled colorful posters make the math visual
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Elementary students learn that solid shapes have attributes such as faces, edges, vertices, and even angles. This digital notebook uses embedded videos to make the math visual by showing students how to identify the attributes of 3D shapes. Then students practice and reason about the properties.

Why Teach About Three Dimensional Shapes?

According to the van Hiele theory of geometric thinking, understanding the attributes of shapes is a natural progression in learning about shapes. Students move from visualizing shapes to analyzing shapes. If we want students to analyze and classify shapes, the students must be able to see the attributes of shapes that form properties for classification. Eventually, in middle and high school, students will use these classifications for informal and formal deductive reasoning about shapes.

This digital notebook supports some of the geometry standard for

  • Common Core grade 2 mathematics 2.GA.1
  • TEKS grade 2 and 3 mathematics G28.B, G36.A
  • VSOL grade 2 mathematics G2 2.13
  • Ontario Math Curriculum Grade 3 E1, Geometric and Spatial Reasoning

How does it Work?

The digital notebook can be used both for in-class instruction, a hybrid model of in-class and distance learning, and complete distance learning. Use it to support your in-person or virtual lessons on the attributes of three-dimensional shapes.

Teach a lesson, then use selected slides from the digital notebook as

  • guided practice
  • independent practice
  • homework

The 12 embedded tutorial videos support the students. Also, the Speaker Notes (Presenter Notes) section has more detailed directions for the students. A Tech Tips page for the student that explains how to use some of the features of the notebook.

Additionally, suggestions and recommendations for supporting mathematical reasoning in the digital notebook can be done by

  • providing feedback through the Google Slides commenting feature or by using the included scoring sheet.
  • using the suggested sharing opportunities of the student slides to promote mathematical discourse.
  • using the suggestions for modifications and adaptations of the digital notebook for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
  • using virtual manipulatives (links provided to FREE virtual manipulatives)

How is the Digital Notebook Set Up?

The digital notebook has 41 slides divided into three parts. Part 2 is geared at DOK levels 1 -2 while Part 3 is geared at DOK levels 2 - 3.

Part 1: Introducing 3-Dimensional Shapes

In this section, the students connect real-life or real-world objects to solid shapes through

  • a Notice and Wonder activity
  • a video showing the connection of solids to real-world objects
  • a classroom or home scavenger hunt for objects shaped like one of the three-dimensional shapes.
  • a video to learn about the key idea of attributes.
  • The practice is open-ended while encouraging students to discuss these shapes.

Part 2: Learning About 3-Dimensional Shapes

In this section, students will learn about the attributes of 3D shapes: faces, edges, vertices, and angles.

  • Students watch videos that explicitly show the student how to identify each of these attributes in a solid shape.
  • students engage in finding these attributes on practice slides.
  • students watch additional videos of 3D shapes rotating in space that will help them identify all the attributes of each solid presented (cube, rectangular prism, cylinder, cone, and pyramid).

Part 3: Thinking About 3-Dimensional Shapes

In this section, students now take their learning about the attributes of solid shapes to do some critical thinking.

  • students watch a video to learn about nets.
  • then students engage in practice slides with faces (shapes) and decide which solid it could. Students must also justify their response with evidence.
  • students use their knowledge of the attributes of shapes to engage in slides that provide clues to a mystery solid.
  • students use sorting criteria to sort 3D shapes into categories.
  • finally, students pick a three-dimensional shape to describe in detail using key vocabulary and searching for a representational image.

What’s Included?

  • PDF ReadMe File that includes
    • the link to the Google Slides® digital notebook
    • suggestions on how to use the digital notebook in different learning situations (in-person, hybrid or distance learning)
    • suggestions for adapting or modifying the digital notebook for use with English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
    • links to online FREE virtual manipulatives
    • instructions on how to assign the digital notebook in Google Classroom
    • tips for using the digital notebook in Google Classroom
    • answer key
    • scoring guides

  • PDF Copy of each slide for reference
  • PDF Printable Copy of the Speaker Notes for reference
  • PDF Instructions on how to move Google Slides® to other platforms (NearPod®, SeeSaw®, Microsoft Teams, etc.)

Please note: the embedded videos in the digital notebook are hosted on my YouTube Channel. You and your students should have access to YouTube to play the videos directly in the notebook. If you or your students do not have access to YouTube, I have provided links to a different hosting site on which the videos can be viewed.

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Total Pages
41 Slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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