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Listed under:  Mathematics  >  Geometry  >  Solids (Geometry)  >  Polyhedrons  >  Pyramids (Polyhedrons)

Stacking oranges - mathematics activities

This picture shows oranges stacked in the shape of a pyramid with a rectangular base. There are many numerical and spatial patterns in the display. The viewer needs to imagine each face of the stack, and of each of its layers, in order to conceptualise the geometry and the inherent numerical patterns of the stack. Teachers ...


Glass pyramid - mathematics activities

This is a photograph of a skylight on Parliament House in Canberra. The skylight is in the shape of a square-based pyramid. It suggests investigations involving counting, sequencing, surface area, volume and maxima and minima, as well as connecting pyramids with their historical and cultural place. Determining ways to estimate ...

Teacher resource

Using 'Cities taking shape' - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes comments following the teaching of R11361 'Cities taking shape - unit of work' to a years 4-5 class. The unit promotes students' knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, and the relationship between them. It offers interactive and hands-on tasks to develop, consolidate and extend students' understandings ...


Pyramids of Giza, 26th century BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the the great pyramids of Giza in Egypt as they would have appeared in the time of the Old Kingdom. Interspersed with footage of the pyramids today and accompanied by a detailed commentary, the animation shows the location of Giza, the pyramids of Cheops (Khufu) and his successors Chephren ...

Interactive Resource

Nets of three-dimensional solids

This is a five-page HTML resource about solving problems with nets of three-dimensional solids. It contains one video and three questions, two of which are interactive. The resource discusses and explains solving problems with nets of three-dimensional solids to reinforce students' understanding.


Prisms and pyramids - years 5 and 6

This is a website providing four activities to develop students' familiarity with three-dimensional shapes, in particular prisms and pyramids. The resource focuses on assisting students to use geometrical language to describe prisms and pyramids, understand their properties and construct geometrical models. The activities ...

Teacher resource

Construction of prisms and pyramids

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that refers to the construction of prisms and pyramids from the Australian Curriculum for year 6 students. It contains material on prisms and pyramids including their properties and their construction from nets. There are pages for both teachers and students. The ...


Volume of a Pyramid and a Cone

This resource is a web page containing an investigative task to explore volume. Derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using mathematical concepts. A printable resource is also available to support the task. This resource is an activity from the NRICH website.

Teacher resource

reSolve: Algebra - Prisms and pyramids

This lesson engages students in investigating the relationship between the number of faces, edges and vertices of pyramids and prisms. Students construct their own 3D shapes, systematically record the properties of the shape and develop an algebraic formula to generalise the relationships discovered. The lesson is outlined ...

Teacher resource

reSolve: Authentic Problems: Pyramids in a Box

This sequence of four lessons focuses on working with solids and their nets. The lessons provide opportunities for students to work flexibly as they construct simple prisms and pyramids from nets they have created. Students record their mathematical thinking as they work through iterations to refine a box that has the least ...