Students look at a three dimensional figure in the classroom and name the shapes that make up its faces.

Finding two dimensional shapes in three dimensional figures.

- Paper and pencil

Use this activity after studying three-dimensional shapes. Before doing the activity look around the classroom and decide on a few different shapes to use. Start with easily accessible ones that are a manageable size.

- Students look at a three dimensional shape, identify the two dimensional shapes that make up its faces, and then trace and label each face.

- Have students start by looking in their desks for a rectangular prism, such as a crayon box.
- Ask students to name the shape. They should write the name of the object (crayon box) and the name of the shape (rectangular prism) at the top of the paper.
- Review the definition for faces and have students trace each face onto the paper.
- Label each face with the name of the shape.
- Repeat, using other objects.
- As students understand the process, allow them to move around the room on their own, finding objects, labeling them, and drawing their faces.

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