# Math Projects in 3-D

**3D Math Projects**

As a teacher your teachings will stick with your students for years to come. Math is essential in most jobs int eh "real world" and the formulas that you teach will allow your students to retain their math skills for a lifetime. Hands on projects allow your students to retain the lessons learned. Three dimensional/ 3-D math projects are ideal solutions to this way of teaching.

It is important as a math teacher or tutor that you remember that children all learn at different levels and retain information in different ways. This is just one example of teaching math to students.

Identifying and Naming 3D Shapes

Identifying 3-D shapes is essential in teaching grade school students. Have the students bring items form home that are 3-D and have the class discuss the shape and what other objects have the same basic shape. As the students learn they will start to identify other 3-D shapes around them everyday.

Turning 2D into 3D

Show the students how to make a 3-D shape out of a 2-D piece of paper. Cylinders are an easy shape to start with. Sit back and watch as each student discovers how to make numerous 3-D shapes with a 2-D piece of paper. This project can involve cutting and taping or gluing the paper. Older elementary students and older will enjoy this project idea.

Building a 3D Model

Building a model of a home or building is an ideal way for students to learn 3-D math projects. This lesson is used in drafting class and involves area measurements and scaling down these measurements. Models can be made from several forms of media but are usually made from cardboard or foam core. Junior High and High School students will benefit from this idea.

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