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Identify 3D Shapes

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

'Identify 3D Shapes' worksheet

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:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

 

 

Wise old owl

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.

triangular based prism

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.

   cuboid

 

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

Lets see how you get on.

Square based pyramid

What is the name of this 3 dimensional shape?

Rectangular based pyramid

Square based pyramid

Triangular pyramid

5 sided pyramid

Football

What is the name of this shape?

Start your answer with a capital letter.

can

What shape am I known as?

 SphereCircular prismCylinderCuboid
The name of my shape is

 SphereCircular prismCylinderCuboid
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.

Start your answer with a capital letter.

3 d shape

 

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

Column A

Column B

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

More match up.

Column A

Column B

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

Square based pyramid

What is the name of this 3 dimensional shape?

CORRECT ANSWER
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

Football

What is the name of this shape?

Start your answer with a capital letter.

CORRECT ANSWER
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

can

What shape am I known as?

CORRECT ANSWER
 SphereCircular prismCylinderCuboid
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

CORRECT ANSWER
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?

CORRECT ANSWER
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?

CORRECT ANSWER
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.

Start your answer with a capital letter.

CORRECT ANSWER
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

3 d shape

 

CORRECT ANSWER
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?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

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.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

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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