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Activity Overview

When learning something new, it is important to have the words to describe it. This is especially true in Mathematics, where terminology is important for explaining processes, functions, and formulas. When moving from shapes to solids, students should be familiar with the terminology to describe them and the differences between the two. In this activity, students will create a visual vocabulary board for key geometry terms.

Geometry Terms for Geometric Solids

  • shape
  • solid
  • two-dimensional
  • three-dimensional
  • base
  • edge
  • side
  • leg
  • face
  • vertex
  • apex
  • surface
  • curve
  • polygon
  • polyhedron
  • sphere
  • hemisphere
  • cylinder
  • cone
  • prism
  • cube

Use words that are most pertinent to your students. Students can use storyboards to bolster or demonstrate their word knowledge. They might use a grid, T-Chart, Spider Map, Frayer Model, or a traditional storyboard layout.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a visual vocabulary board that defines and provides examples of key vocabulary for geometric solids.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title of each cell, type the vocabulary term.
  3. In the description box, write the definition of the word.
  4. In each cell, create an illustration that shows an example of the word, like pointing arrows at the sides of a polygon.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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