Build a Structure from 3 Different Views

Age 6-12


Primary: Geometry and Spatial Sense​

  • Compare two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort them by their geometric properties.​
  • Compose and decompose two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures.​

Junior: Geometry and Spatial Sense​

  • Identify and classify two-dimensional shapes by side and angle properties, and compare and sort three-dimensional figures.​
  • Sketch three-dimensional figures, and construct three-dimensional figures from drawings. ​


  • Children will do this activity on the carpet initially and then individually either at their desks or on the carpet.​
  • Children should have experience playing with interlocking cubes.​


  • Interlocking cubes​
  • 3 Views Picture (download)​


  • Facilitate a discussion to prompt students to think about how to transform a 2-D drawing into a 3-D structure.​
  • Provide students with interlocking cubes (about 20) and a 3 Views Picture (attached).​
  • Ask students to imagine if they were a bird flying over and round a building: how they would see the building different views?​
  • Then, ask students to look at the “3 Views Picture.”​
  • Ask students to make a building that has the same top view, front view, and side view as the “3 Views Picture.”​
  • Encourage students to compare their structures with each other to verify that their building matches the “3 Views Picture.”​

Look Fors

  • What directional or positional language does the child use? (e.g. over, under, left, right)​
  • Do they use the proper names of 2-D and 3-D shapes?​
  • Can they articulate how they interpreted the 2-D pictures and applied that to the 3-D structures?​


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