Remote Learning Lesson – Exploring 3D Shapes at Home


Summary of Lesson Plan:

The following lessons allow students to explore three-dimensional shapes in a distance learning format (around the home). Students will be exploring a range of 3D shapes using technology to take images, identify features of 3D shapes and create models.

As students finish each section they can email or upload it to their teacher using a program set up within the school.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Mathematics (Shape):

Year 2:

  • Describe the features of three-dimensional objects
    • Identifying geometric features such as the number of faces, corners or edges

Year 3:

  • Make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features
    • Explore the creation of three-dimensional objects

Essential Questions:

  • What are the names of 3D shapes?
  • What are the features of 3D shapes?
  • Where can I find real life examples of 3D shapes?

Skills Taught:

  • Recognise the features of three-dimensional objects
  • Make models of three-dimensional objects

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Introduction to Shapes:

Focus: What do we know | What are 3D shapes

  1. Question- what do you know about shapes?
  2. Watch video: 3D shapes
  3. Shapes splat online activity: play choose 3D shapes, then your choice or relaxed or speed mode.
  4. Names of shapes poster

Shapes Tasks:

Focus: 3D shapes at home

Part 1: Finding 3D shapes

Task: To find and take photos of 3D objects you can find around your house and outside.


  1. Take photos of objects that are different shapes
  2. Insert the photo into the word document
  3. Insert the correct 3d shape and type the name of the shape

Part 2: Identifying Faces, Corners and Edges

First: Students to watch video: 3D shapes for kids

Task: To identify the faces, corners and edges on 3D shapes


  1. Look at the shape in the shape box
  2. See if you can find a real-life example of that shape in your house or on the internet
  3. Count and record how many faces, corners and edges the shape has

Part 3: Making Models of Shapes

Task: To create 3D models of shapes using materials you have at home (playdoh, Lego, straws, sticks, paper / anything else you have)


    1. Look at the shape in the shape box
    2. Make a model of the shape using something you have at home
    3. Name the shape and upload a photo of your model


Focus: Share findings

Task: To create a video reflection explaining what you have learned

In my video reflection:

  1. Use a shape model / create a new shape model
  2. What is the name of your shape
  3. Explain what the faces, corners and edges are using your shape
  4. How many faces, corners and edges do you have on each shape
  5. What 2D shapes is your 3D model made of

If possible: you could send students another students reflection video to watch.

Apps & websites to use to further explore angle learning:

  1. IXL: website- you can practice 10 free questions a day (click Maths and choose shape)
  2. Targeting Maths (Paid- $9.99) buy in students year level. I highly recommend this app as you can practice all areas of Mathematics curriculum. For angles- Training – Shape
  3. Identifying 3D shapes game:  (website- free)


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