Wednesday, 15 January 2020

3D Shapes from Classroom Stationery


3D shapes are everywhere, especially in the classroom. If you can't afford store-bought manipulatives for your class, don't sweat it. You may already have examples of cubes, cuboids, spheres, and cylinders right in your class.

I'm talking about classroom stationery like math manipulatives, erasers and sharpeners. Yes, seriously. 
I've linked similar stuff that are on Amazon below (affiliate links).

So I used here some alphabet blocks, you can also use plain wooden blocks. I forgot to add these to my picture but I've used these both for crafts and for math (teaching volume). 
      
  
Other everday examples of cubes are die cubes, rubix cubes, alphabet blocks, base 10 unit blocks, cube erasers, and interlocking blocks. 



The rectangular prisms in the picture are a sponge, Post-It notes, erasers, a pencil sharpener, and a box of paperclips. 
  

Other things you may have are Jenga blocks and Cuisenaire Rods, and magnetic whiteboard erasers. I saw another type of mechanical sharpener that could work on Amazon.



These may interest you: 
  
You can also use the cylindrical whiteboard erasers



Examples of spheres in the clasroom are below. These are little erasers and sharpeners. Cute! Click the pictures to see more.
  


I really enjoy putting together this collection. I've lots of other blog posts about 3D shape projects for your classroom. See them below:

Click herehere and here to download and try my free 3D shape worksheets! All of my resources for 3D shapes are here at my TpT collection.

If you like DIY projects, see how to make your own 3D shapes in this blog post.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!