Learning objects Shape maker: complex objects 1

TLF ID L1061

Transform 2D shapes to make a stack of 3D objects. Start with a shape such as a crescent, semicircle, circle, triangle or rectangle. For example, spin a semicircle around its straight edge to form a sphere or extrude it to form a half cylinder. Choose a shape and imagine it being spun around an axis or extruded. Picture which 3D block your 2D shape will make. 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, its transformed 3D shape and the cross-section of the 3D shape.
  • Provides six 2D shapes, spinning and extruding transformation actions, and six axes to spin around.
  • Enables students to 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

    • Author
    • 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: http://www.uws.edu.au/
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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