The Language of Shapes
Cubes, spheres and pyramids are 3-D shapes. Squares, circles and triangles are 2-D shapes.

The Language of Shapes

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When learning about shapes, children begin to understand that they can use different words to describe their properties. They will use language such as sides, edges or vertices, corners and faces and recognize that some shapes have the same name but may be slightly different, for example an equilateral triangle is different to an isosceles.

This quiz will help children to use and to understand the language of shapes.

Can you choose the right words to describe these shapes?

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1.
Squares have 4 _____ which are all ____.
faces, long
sides, even
edges, curved
faces, different
A square is a kind of rectangle with even sides
2.
A cube has 6...
faces
edges
corners
vertices
A die (plural dice) shows the numbers 1 to 6, with a different number on each face
3.
Which of these shapes has three faces?
The pyramid
The cone
The cylinder
All of them
The cylinder has two circular faces and one curved face
4.
Which of these shapes has the fewest edges?
The pyramid
The cylinder
The cuboid
The cone
The cone only has one edge
5.
All of these shapes are...
two dimensional
large
three dimensional
on the ground
Three dimensional shapes have height, width and depth
6.
These ____ are stacked in a _____.
spheres, row
cubes, pyramid
cylinders, square
cones, pile
This is similar to how the real pyramids were built
7.
A sphere has no...
curves
colour
faces
edges
A sphere has one curved face, no edges and no corners
8.
A cone has two faces, one of which is a...
rectangle
triangle
square
circle
The bottom of the cone is a circle
9.
Cirlces don't fit together without spaces because...
they are too small
they are too big
their edges are curved
they are flat
Shapes such as squares have edges and corners which fit together well
10.
Flat or drawn shapes are known as...
solid shapes
two dimensional shapes
colourful shapes
three dimensional shapes
Two dimensional shapes are shapes that only have two dimensions (such as width and height) and no thickness
Author:  Angela Smith

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