Help students identify real world objects shaped like cones, cubes, cylinders, pyramids, rectangular prisms, spheres and triangular prisms with these playful, hands-on 3D shape sorting mats.
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To prep the activity, I first printed the sorting mats and 3D shape picture cards. I chose to print the sorting mats on pink colored cardstock and the picture cards on white cardstock to give them a fun pop of color.
I laminated the mats and picture cards for durability and used my paper cutter to cut out the 3D shape picture cards.
To make the activity self-check for students later, I used a marker to draw the correct 3D shape on the back of each picture card. At the end of the activity, students could turn their card over to make sure they had the correct card on the sorting mat.
3D Shape Sorting Mats
I decided to introduce this activity as a math warm-up. We sorted the 3D shape picture cards together as a class and talked about the:
- Name of the 3D shape – cone, cube, cylinder, pyramid, rectangular prism, sphere, triangular prism
- Name of the real word object
- Reason the picture card belonged on that mat
Then, I broke the students into small groups and had them sort all of the 3D shape picture cards onto the correct 3D shape sorting mat. Included in the download (found below) are seven sorting mats and four 3D shape picture cards for each sorting mat.
Then, we added the activity to a math station basket so students could work on it again independently.
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