Build Your Own Spaceship

This lesson has scholars creating spaceship with 3D shape for an out of this world fun time!

Subject: Math
Grade Level: 1
Topic: 3D Shapes

Expectations

Specific Expectations:

  • Identify and describe common three- dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their attributes using concrete materials and pictorial representations.
  • Describe similarities and differences between an everyday object and a three-dimensional figure.

Success Criteria:

  • I can point out a cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, and cone.
  • I know how many faces a cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, and cone have, if any.
  • I know what shape the faces of cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, and cone are, if any.
  • I know what objects looks like a cube, rectangular prism, pyramid, sphere, cylinder, and cone.

Lesson

I began lesson by reading Captain Invincible and the Space Shapes by Stuart J. Murphy to introduce some of the 3D shapes we will be discussing in the unit. Murphy’s book is fun, colourful, and full of action in a comic style layout. Scholars will no doubt enjoy reading along.

I think it would be a great idea to bring out large 3D geometric solids while reading the book so scholars can see and feel 3D shapes being discussed in the book.

After reading the book I reviewed the shapes with the students by creating an anchor chart like the one below. Again this would be a great time to use geometric solids to help scholars better describe 3D shapes.

Finally, scholars were asked to create their own space ships using geometric solids of the shapes that were introduced to them. Scholars were asked to draw and record their space ships and the number of geometric solids they used.

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Side note: Before I found Murphy’s book I wanted scholars to build castles and actually made a worksheet for that too. The work is is available for free here.

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