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Activity Overview


In the storyboard above, Derek travels all over his town and his home. On his travels, he finds many different objects that look suspiciously like cones, cubes, prisms, spheres, cylinders, and pyramids. Have students identify the object and geometric solid it resembles. Notice that some of the pictures show skeletal “solids” or are not true mathematical figures because of rounded edges or vertices. Examples are not perfect, but students can get an idea and recognize shapes and solids around them. Every picture has at least one solid that is easily recognized. There are also figures that are stacked, combined, or repeated. Have your students look very carefully!

Then, have students create their own storyboard where they or Derek travel to other places and see different geometric solids. Assign a certain number of composite shapes to each storyboard or each cell. Students may not recognize the pentagonal prism of the house, but may instead recognize a triangular prism on top of a rectangular prism. If there is an object that they want to include in their storyboard but cannot find, perhaps they can make it with different shapes and figures!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [Math/Content/1/G/A/2] Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.1


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard where you or another character visit different types of places. In these places, add objects that are geometric solids (like spheres, cubes, and prisms).

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each cell, create an illustration of Derek or yourself in a different location. Think about what types of items might appear in that place and add them.
  3. In the description box, identify the different shapes and where they are in the image.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.


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