Geometric Solids and Their Properties: Making a Shape Jacket

This is Lesson 5 of a 5 lesson series.  This activity uses grid paper for students to create nets (jackets) of 3-D forms.  Students must use visualization and spacial reasoning to create a 2-D representation of a 3-D solid. Students must use visualization and spacial reasoning to create nets in 2-D of 3-D solids.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3108.1.4
Move flexibly between multiple representations (contextual, physical written, verbal, iconic/pictorial, graphical, tabular, and symbolic), to solve problems, to...
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Analyze characteristics and properties of three dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.
  • Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.
  • Identify which geometric solids can be made from given nets.
  • Create nets for common geometric solids.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Extension suggestions: 
  • Students can create nets for some of the more complex geometric solids, such as the octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron, and an irregular polyhedron.

Helpful Hints


  • Computer or tablet with internet access
  • Shape Jackets Overhead 
  • Grid Paper