Properties of Solid Shapes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tawnya Eash

Tawnya has a master's degree in early childhood education and teaches all subjects at an elementary school.

Do you need a great lesson for teaching solid figures? Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the properties and examples of solid figures. Students will watch a video lesson, go on a solid shapes scavenger hunt and complete a solid shape identification activity.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify solid figures.
  • name solid figures according to their properties.
  • name solid figures in the environment.

Time Length

40 minutes to 1 hour

Common Core Curriculum Standard

  • CCSS.Math.Content.HSG.MG.A.1

Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).


  • Computer and projector for video lesson
  • Solid Figures
    • Rectangular prism (book)
    • Cube (Rubik's Cube)
    • Cone (party hat)
    • Pyramid (paperweight or make a pyramid with Legos)
    • Sphere (dodgeball or globe)
    • Cylinder (can)
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Pictures of real-life objects representing solid figures (about 10)
  • Lesson quiz (may be taken on computers or printed out as worksheet)

Lesson Instructions

Video Lesson

  • Show students the video lesson Solid Figures: Definition, Properties & Examples.
  • Pause the video at 2:42 to discuss examples of solid figures you brought.
  • Hold up examples of solid figures you have collected. Have the class identify each solid figure. List or name properties that determine the name of each solid figure.
    • Example: A cube is made of six square faces that are all the same size.
  • Continue the video lesson so students can see examples of solid figures all around them.
  • After the video lesson, point out a few more objects in the classroom that are solid figures, being sure to emphasize the height, depth, and width.

Activity: Scavenger Hunt

  • Invite students to go on a scavenger hunt in the classroom (broaden to other areas if possible).
  • Allow students to work in partners or small groups to see how many solid figures they can find in the classroom in five minutes.
  • Students will take a sheet of paper with them to list the objects. Remind students they must be able to explain the name and properties of each solid figure.
    • Example: A laptop is a solid figure because it has depth, height, and width. It is a rectangular prism because each face is rectangle.
  • Observe and help students as needed.
  • Ask students to share their findings.

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