3-D Shapes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What does it mean for something to be 3D? A video lesson defines the term and provides examples for students to compare against familiar objects. Related lessons and extensions are included to extend your instruction on 3D.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify 3D objects
  • define 3 dimensional
  • classify items according to different types of 3D objects


30 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Identify the shapes of two-dimensional cross-sections of three-dimensional objects, and identify three-dimensional objects generated by rotations of two-dimensional objects.

Key Vocabulary

  • Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Cube
  • Pyramid
  • Cuboid
  • Triangular Prism
  • Rectangular Prism
  • Cone
  • Octahedron
  • Dodecahedron
  • Tetrahedron

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