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Circus Towers: Rectangular Prisms

Added: 12 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Demonstration

Work out how many acrobats are needed to form towers in the shape of rectangular prisms. Start by building a prism with twelve acrobats: six acrobats in the base layer and six acrobats standing on their shoulders.

How it maps to the curriculum


Strand: Shape & Space

Strand unit: 3-D Shapes

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • construct 3-D shapes
  • establish and appreciate that when prisms are sliced through (in the same direction) each face is equal in shape and size
  • identify, describe and classify 3-D shapes, including cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, triangular prism, pyramid
  • identify, describe and classify 3-D shapes, including, cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, triangular prism, pyramid
  • solve and complete practical tasks and problems involving 2-D and 3-D shapes

Suggestions for use: Use as experimental individual work as a maths station or in small groups on class computer or interactive whiteboard.

Meta information

  • Asset type: Online Resource
  • Language: English
  • Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
  • Cost: No
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