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Draw Plans and Elevations of 3D Shapes

In this worksheet, students will practise drawing plans and elevations when they are given a three-dimensional (3D) shape.

'Draw Plans and Elevations of 3D Shapes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, OCR, Pearson Edexcel

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Basic Geometry

Curriculum subtopic:   Properties and Constructions, Three-Dimensional Shapes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we are dealing with three dimensional (3D) shapes we have a problem if we want to draw them on a flat piece of paper.

Sometimes it is better to draw it as a 3D shape (although this can be difficult to do) but sometimes it is easier to draw the plan and elevations of the shape.

 

What are plans and elevations.

For a 3D shape, there are only three directions you can look at it in, from the top, from the side and from the front (or back). These are called Plans and Elevations.

 

 

Example: Draw the plans and Elevations of the following shape.

 

When we are drawing plans and elevations, the easiest way to do it is to shade the squares you would see if you looked in from each direction.

When we have this, we can then simply draw the squares that appear in two dimensions.

 

Looking down at the top of a shape is called the...

When we are looking at the front and side of a 3D shape, this is called the front and side...

For this shape, which of the following is the plan view?


 

 

Shape A

Shape B

Shape C

For this shape, which of the following is the front elevation?


 

 

Shape A

Shape B

Shape C

For this shape, how many squares would we see for the side elevation?


 

 

For this shape, which of the following is the plan view?


 

 

Shape A

Shape B

Shape C

For this shape, how many squares would we see for the side elevation?


For this shape, which of the following is the front elevation?


 

 

Shape A

Shape B

Shape C

Match the plans and elevations for this 3D shape.

 

Column A

Column B

Plan View

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Side Elevation

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Front Elevation

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Match the plans and elevations for this 3D shape.

 

Column A

Column B

Plan View

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Side Elevation

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Front Elevation

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  • Question 1

Looking down at the top of a shape is called the...

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Think about if you were planning a route. You’d need to see the overhead view.
  • Question 2

When we are looking at the front and side of a 3D shape, this is called the front and side...

CORRECT ANSWER
elevations
elevations
EDDIE SAYS
The word elevation means ‘going up’. An elevation on a 3D shape is just the bits of the shape we see that are going up.
  • Question 3

For this shape, which of the following is the plan view?


 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shape A
EDDIE SAYS
If we look down on the shape, we can shade the squares that are visible and then draw the shape.

  • Question 4

For this shape, which of the following is the front elevation?


 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shape C
EDDIE SAYS
If we look into the shape from the front, we can shade the squares that are visible and then draw the shape.

  • Question 5

For this shape, how many squares would we see for the side elevation?


 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
two
EDDIE SAYS
Once again, if we look in from the side, we can shade the squares that are visible. When we have this, we can simple count the squares.

  • Question 6

For this shape, which of the following is the plan view?


 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shape A
EDDIE SAYS
If we look down on the shape, we can shade the squares that are visible and then draw the shape.

  • Question 7

For this shape, how many squares would we see for the side elevation?


CORRECT ANSWER
5
five
EDDIE SAYS
Once again, if we look in from the side, we can shade the squares that are visible. When we have this, we can simple count the squares.

  • Question 8

For this shape, which of the following is the front elevation?


 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Shape C
EDDIE SAYS
If we look down on the shape, we can shade the squares that are visible and then draw the shape.

  • Question 9

Match the plans and elevations for this 3D shape.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Plan View

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Side Elevation

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Front Elevation

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EDDIE SAYS
All we have to do here is to look at each of the plans and elevations in turn, shade the correct squares and match them with the diagram.

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  • Question 10

Match the plans and elevations for this 3D shape.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Plan View

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Side Elevation

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Front Elevation

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EDDIE SAYS
All we have to do here is to look at each of the plans and elevations in turn, shade the correct squares and match them with the diagram.

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