Text Prisms and pyramids - years 5 and 6

TLF ID M013998

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 cover 3D shape vocabulary, constructing solids using nets, researching pyramid-shaped structures found in world architecture with a focus on Asia, and the Japanese art of origami. The resource includes a glossary of terms accompanied by images and teacher notes with links to additional resources.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource that supports the Measurement and Geometry strand in the mathematics curriculum for years 5 and 6. It is particularly relevant for the content descriptions that refer to connecting three-dimensional objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations; and constructing simple prisms and pyramids.
  • This resource supports the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority. It is relevant for the year 6 elaboration about considering the history and significance of pyramids from a range of cultural perspectives including those structures found in China, Korea and Indonesia.
  • This resource provides an engaging introduction to prisms and pyramids. In addition to geometrical understanding it encourages historical understanding and literacy and research skills.
  • This resource supports the numeracy and intercultural understanding general capabilities.
Year level

5; 6

Learning area
  • Mathematics

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: University of Melbourne
  • Organization: University of Melbourne
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • Publisher
  • Name: Asia Education Foundation
  • Organization: Asia Education Foundation
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
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  • © The University of Melbourne – Asia Education Foundation, 2012. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be reproduced and communicated free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes, provided all acknowledgements are retained.