Teacher: Has anyone ever heard of the term 3-D?
Student: Like my 3DS?
Teacher: Maybe. What makes the 3DS different than another video game system?
Student: The picture pops out at me when I'm playing.
Student: Yea, when I play my Xbox, the picture is flat on the TV.
Teacher: So, are you saying that the 3DS has pictures that pop out?
Student: Yes! I watched a movie once that was 3D, I had to wear special glasses and the birds flew over my head!
Teacher: It sounds like you already know so much about 3D things! Today we want to teach you that just like the 3DS and 3D movies, 3D shapes are not flat, they pop out.
Students spent the week making connections between 2D shapes (squares, rectangles, triangles and circles) and 3D shapes. After learning what each 3D shape was called, they searched in the classroom and school for real-life objects that were cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, cylinders and pyramids. The study of 3D shapes continued in the block section as some students were naming 3D shapes they were adding to the exploration creations.