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3D Nets

Unlock the magic of 3D shapes with Smart Boarding School’s free resource: the "3D Nets" activity. Designed for primary school students from kindergarten to year 4, this hands-on activity transforms the learning of 3D objects into an engaging and interactive experience.


Discovering 3D Nets

Learning about 3D objects is a key

component of early maths education. Our "3D Nets" activity provides students with a practical and visual approach to understanding the properties of 3D shapes by constructing them from 2D nets. This method not only solidifies their grasp of geometric concepts but also enhances their spatial awareness and fine motor skills.


What’s Included in the Resource

The "3D Nets" activity includes nets for a variety of 3D objects such as cylinders, cubes, rectangular prisms, and more. Each 3D shape comes in two different versions to cater to varying learning needs and stages:

  1. Plain Nets: These nets allow students to construct the 3D objects without any pre-labeled properties, encouraging them to identify and label the properties themselves.

  2. Labeled Nets: These nets come with all the properties labeled. When assembled, each face is marked with the word "face," each edge with "edge," and each vertex with "vertices." This version is perfect for younger students or those who are just beginning to explore 3D shapes.


Hands-On Learning Experience

By cutting, folding, and assembling these nets, students can physically manipulate the shapes, providing a tangible understanding of how 2D shapes transform into 3D objects. This hands-on approach is particularly effective for kinaesthetic learners and helps all students better grasp abstract mathematical concepts.


Why This Activity Works

  • Visual and Interactive: The activity turns learning into a visual and interactive experience, making it easier for students to understand and remember the properties of 3D shapes.

  • Differentiated Learning: With both plain and labeled nets, this resource caters to different learning levels, ensuring that all students can benefit and progress at their own pace.

  • Curriculum Aligned: The "3D Nets" activity is designed to align with primary school maths curriculum standards, making it a valuable addition to any classroom.


How to Use the 3D Nets Activity

  1. Print and Prepare: Print out the nets on sturdy paper or cardstock for durability. Laminate the nets if desired for repeated use.

  2. Cut and Assemble: Have students cut out the nets along the solid lines. Then, fold along the dotted lines and assemble the shapes by gluing or taping the tabs together.

  3. Explore and Learn: Use the assembled 3D objects to explore and discuss their properties. For the labeled nets, encourage students to identify each face, edge, and vertex.


Download Your Free 3D Nets Activity Today

Ready to bring 3D shapes to life in your classroom? Click the button below to download your free "3D Nets" activity from Smart Boarding School.

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