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Learning objects Shape maker: blocker

TLF ID L1058

Transform 2D shapes to make a stack of 3D objects. For example, spin a triangle on its central axis to form a cone or extrude it to form a triangular prism. Choose a shape and imagine it being spun around an axis or extruded. Predict which 3D block your 2D shape will make. Picture other transformations in your head and identify the solids produced. This learning object is one in a series of six objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students see the relationships between 2D shapes and 3D objects by visualising the movement (translation or rotation) of the 2D shape and predicting the resulting 3D object.
Educational value
  • Illustrates the relationship between a 2D shape and its transformed 3D shape.
  • Provides six 2D shapes and two transformation actions.
  • Enables students to predict and then see the effect of different 3D transformation actions on the same 2D shape.
  • Includes the option to print a worksheet with the 3D shapes created by the student.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Pattern perception
    • Mathematics/Comparative language
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Transformations
    • Mathematics/Geometric properties
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL:
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.