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Classifying 3D Shapes

We go from the ancient pyramids of Egypt, to a birthday party, and finally into outer space as we tackle the concept of 3-D shapes and tell you their name. The names vary depending of the 3D shapes' attributes, but one attribute they all share is that they are all solid shapes that have measurable length, width and height.

Song Lyrics:

Cylinders look like soda cans.
They’re the shape of pots and pans.
They have two circular bases
that are congruent and parallel faces.

You see cones in construction zones
or when you’re eating ice cream cones.
All points of their circular base meet at
the same point like a party hat!

These are all three-dimensional shapes.
They all have a base and take up space.

Pyramids are what the ancient Egyptians made;
the Mayans and the Aztecs did the same.
They’re made with a polygon at the base
and triangular faces that meet in one place.

Some prisms are rectangular like a room.
Some prisms are triangular like a roof.
Polygons with edges joining at the vertices
make a prism, as you can see!

These are all three-dimensional shapes.
They all have a base and take up space.

There’s one special three-dimensional shape.
They’re called spheres, like the planets in outer space.
On sphere’s, there’s no base to be found,
because every sphere is perfectly round!

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This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from both 1st Grade and 2nd Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into 3D Shapes here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned 3D shapes lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards K.G.A.3, and 1.G.A.2 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets

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