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Identify Nets of Prisms Made Up of Regular Shapes

In this worksheet, students will identify the nets of prisms made from squares, triangles, pentagons and hexagons.

'Identify Nets of Prisms Made Up of Regular Shapes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Building Nets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Welcome net detective, we’ve got just the puzzle for you!

 

Look at the following 3D shape:

 

 

If we unfold it, it could look like this:

 

 

We call this a net.

 

A net is made of 2D shapes which fold together to make a 3D shape.

 

 

These nets could also fold together to make a triangular prism:

 

                        

 


 

Let's look at another shape now. 

 

Imagine that the following net is folded together:

 

 

What would it look like?

 

a)         b)         c)         d)         e) 

 

Did you choose option d?

 

This is the only net from these options that can be folded together to make a hexagonal prism, based on a six-sided hexagon 2D shape.


 

 

 

Here are some 3D shapes and their nets:

 

Shape Name Image of Shape Net of Shape
 Square-based pyramid
 Pentagonal prism
 Arrow-shaped prism
 Cuboid
 Cube

 

 

 

It’s now your turn to visualise folding nets together to see what shape they will make.

 

Good luck, 3D shape superstar!

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