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TLF ID L6245

Explore visual perspectives of solids such as cylinders, cones and cuboids. Match a 2D photo of a group of 3D objects taken from a different viewpoint. Identify the relative positions of the solids by comparing 2D outlines and colours. Rearrange the objects on a base grid until the view matches the original photo. Progress through four levels. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret and visualise 2D representations of 3D objects.
  • Students place objects to make 3D models from plans and projections.
  • Students translate between 2D representations and 3D objects.
Educational value
  • Illustrates that the perceived shape of objects depends on the observer’s viewing point.
  • Displays a group of objects from different perspectives.
  • Provides visual cues about the shape of objects to construct a three-dimensional scene.
  • Enables the student to select from four levels of difficulty.
Year level

5; 6

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Geometric properties
    • Mathematics/Visualisation
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Rectangular prisms
    • Mathematics/Size and shape
    • Mathematics/Spheres
    • Mathematics/Cylinders
    • Mathematics/Angles
    • Mathematics/Location
    • Mathematics/Position
    • Mathematics/Prisms
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Estimation;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC 3130 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • 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.