# Identify 3D Shapes

In this worksheet, students will identify and name 3D shapes.

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Basic Geometry

Curriculum subtopic:   Properties and Constructions, Three-Dimensional Shapes

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

Question?

Where did the cube go to after hitting the Sphere.

To prism.

These wise old owls know everything.  Impressive.

Did you know that a prism was a 3 dimensional shape (3D).

Prisms have flat faces. The name of the face is often the clue to helping identify 3D shapes.

For example - this is a triangular based prism. It has triangular faces

Not all 3D shapes are prisms. Some have curved faces, like this sphere.

All 3 Dimensional shapes as the name suggest has three dimensions.  A length, a width and a height.

Some prisms don't use the name of their faces in their 3D name.

Such as a cube, or cuboid.

You may be asked to identify a 3D shape from a written description.

Lets see how you get on.

What is the name of this 3 dimensional shape?

Rectangular based pyramid

Square based pyramid

Triangular pyramid

5 sided pyramid

What is the name of this shape?

What shape am I known as?

 Sphere Circular prism Cylinder Cuboid The name of my shape is

 Sphere Circular prism Cylinder Cuboid The name of my shape is

This shape is known by one of two names.

What are they?

3d triangle

triangular based pyramid/prism

tetrahedron

pyramid

Which 3D shape has six rectangular faces?

cube side

cuboid

cylinder

Name this shape.

Match up time.  Can you match the description to the shape?

## Column B

This shape has 6 faces all the same
cube
This shape has 2 circular faces
sphere
This is a perfectly round solid
octagonal prism
One of my faces has 8 sides
cylinder

More match up.

## Column B

I have four rectangular faces and 2 square faces
Cuboid
I have a pointed top and a circular bottom
Cube
Some 3d shapes are known as
Prisms
Dice are shaped like this
Cone
• Question 1

What is the name of this 3 dimensional shape?

Rectangular based pyramid
EDDIE SAYS
If you look at the base the width is shorter than the length. As the lengths are different it make it a rectangle. We can see it is also in the shape of a pyramid and is therefore called a rectangular based pyramid.
• Question 2

What is the name of this shape?

Sphere
EDDIE SAYS
Back of the net. This is probably one of the best know 3D shapes. It is not a prism as it has curved sides.
• Question 3

What shape am I known as?

 Sphere Circular prism Cylinder Cuboid The name of my shape is
EDDIE SAYS
Such a familiar shape to us in everyday life. This is one of the shapes where the shape of a circle is not in the 3D name. It is just one of those that we have to learn.
• Question 4

EDDIE SAYS
This is where the shape of the face can help us. The face has six sides and is therefore a hexagon. Which give us the hexagonal prism.
• Question 5

This shape is known by one of two names.

What are they?

triangular based pyramid/prism
tetrahedron
EDDIE SAYS
Oh did you get them? Because the faces are all triangular we can use the name triangular based pyramid or prism. This is also known as a tetrahedron. Tetra means three which we associate with triangles.
• Question 6

Which 3D shape has six rectangular faces?

cuboid
EDDIE SAYS
This is a 3d shape with a special name rather than use the name of its faces. Its one to learn.
• Question 7

Name this shape.

Cone
EDDIE SAYS
This is another shape you need to learn as it doesn\'t use it circular shape in the name. These are much better filled with ice cream aren\'t they.
• Question 8

EDDIE SAYS
As long as you know the name of your 2d shapes, these will be easy. A pentagon has 5 sides. The face here has 5 sides so that is how we get at the name hexagonal prism.
• Question 9

Match up time.  Can you match the description to the shape?

## Column B

This shape has 6 faces all the sa...
cube
This shape has 2 circular faces
cylinder
This is a perfectly round solid
sphere
One of my faces has 8 sides
octagonal prism
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Some of the names you need to learn, such as cube, cylinder and sphere as there are no clues in the description. If you know your 2 d shapes then clues are often in the description such as octagonal prism.
• Question 10

More match up.

## Column B

I have four rectangular faces and...
Cuboid
I have a pointed top and a circul...
Cone
Some 3d shapes are known as
Prisms
Dice are shaped like this
Cube
EDDIE SAYS
Once you know the names. You should then go to learn about the properties (facts) as these give clues when trying to solve problems.
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