Naming 2D shapes

Naming 2D shapes

Year 3
Geometry - 2D Shapes
Naming and identifying two-dimensional shapes
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  • KS2.Y3 – KS2 Year 3
    • Year 3 programme of study
      • KS2.Y3.G.PS – Geometry - properties of shapes

        • Pupils should be taught to:

          • KS2.Y3.G.PS.2 – Recognise angles as a property of shape or a description of a turn

  • Year 2
    • Measurement and Geometry
      • Shape

        • ACMMG042 – Describe and draw two-dimensional shapes, with and without digital technologies

  • 3 – Year 3
    • 3.GM – Geometry and measurement
      • 3.GM.2 – Sort objects and two- and three-dimensional shapes by their features, identifying categories within categories

  • 4 – Year 4
    • 4.GM – Geometry and measurement
      • 4.GM.2 – Sort objects and two- and three-dimensional shapes by two features simultaneously

  • K – Kindergarten
    • K.G – Geometry
      • Mathematics

        • K.G.2 – Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

      • Mathematics

        • K.G.4 – Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).

  • 1 – Grade 1
    • 1.G – Geometry
      • Mathematics

        • 1.G.1 – Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size) ; build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.

        • 1.G.2 – Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.(Students do not need to learn formal names such as “right rectangular prism.”)

  • 2 – Grade 2
    • 2.G – Geometry
      • Mathematics

        • 2.G.1 – Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. (Sizes are compared directly or visually, not compared by measuring.) Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.