Geometry in a Box

Geometry in a Box lesson plan

Build, sort, and classify geometric solids, then store them in a box with information about each figure.

  • 1.

    Identify and review familiar 3-dimensional geometric shapes and their mathematical names with the class. Students create an attribute grid listing the name of each figure, the number of sides, edges, vertices, and any other identifying characteristics.

  • 2.

    Students use Crayola® Model Magic® to build a small, accurate set of each of these space figures. Dry for 24 to 36 hours, turning pieces occasionally to expose all sides to air.

  • 3.

    Students write their initials on each dry shape with Crayola Fine Line Markers.

  • 4.

    Students use a recycled box with a lid to hold the geometric figures. Trace all sides of the box on construction paper. Cut out each piece with Crayola Scissors.

  • 5.

    Draw and label all of the solid geometric figures on the papers with Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. Attach these papers to cover all sides of the box using Crayola Washable Glue Sticks. The paper on the top of the box should have the student's name on it.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Students use appropriate formulas to calculate the surface area of each of the 3-D models created for their respective boxes. When displaying their geometric shapes and boxes, students will label each with the surface area and show the formula for finding each.
  • Students investigate where in their environment they find these shapes. Students look in both their school and home environments. Make a list of each example found.