Endorsing practice, these printable cross sections of 3D shapes worksheets specifically geared toward grade 7, grade 8, and high school students never fail to motivate. Imagine cutting a cylindrical birthday cake vertically or slicing it horizontally. The shape made when a solid is cut through by a plane is its cross section. Depending on the position and direction of slicing, a solid shape can have different cross sections. Describing the cross section, identifying the 2D-shaped slice, and drawing the cross section are some exercises included here. As a bonus, give learners an insight into rotating plane shapes to create solids. Try our free worksheet for a sneak peek.

Identifying Cross Sections of 3D Figures

Slicing a cone perpendicularly results in a triangle and slicing it parallel leaves you with a circle. Identify and name the 2D shape that is obtained from the horizontal or vertical cross section of each solid in this pdf.

Slicing 3D Shapes

Cutting straight through a 3-dimensional shape results in a slice that is a familiar 2D shape. Choose the plane shape that results from the cross section of each 3D figure in this worksheet directed toward 7th grade and 8th grade students.

Matching 3D Shapes with Their Cross Sections

No matter how well your lessons are planned, there'll be times when you need to quickly and creatively fill up gaps. This worksheet on matching 3D shapes with their perpendicular or parallel cross sections is a perfect filler.

Drawing Cross Sections of 3D Figures

Nothing promotes concept recapitulation quite like this printable worksheet. Drawing the 2D shape that would be created if the solid figure were cut through parallel or perpendicularly is all high school students do here.

Drawing Horizontal and Vertical Cross Sections of 3D Figures

Challenge students with this worksheet, where they try their hands at identifying, drawing, and naming the 2D cross sections obtained on slicing each 3D shape horizontally and vertically.

Rotating 2D Shapes to Make 3D Shapes

This pdf makes it really easy for you to practice your 3D visualization skills. Imagine spinning each plane shape about the dotted line or axis and draw the 3-dimensional shape thus created and experience learning dynamically.