If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - $2$ units and
If you are using these lengths to make the sides of rectangles,
how many different ones can you make? (Squares are just special
There are three because two are the same - just rotated.
But we are not making $2$-dimensional rectangles!
We are going to make $3$-dimensional cuboids.
Using just these two lengths as the edges of the cuboids how
many different ones can you make?
Here are two of them. How many more are there?
It is a good idea to make them from squared paper and sticky
tape, but you also need to find a way to record your results.
This is one way to show the results above, making a list.
You should find a way to record your results that makes sense to
How can you make sure that your cuboids are not the same if
How many different cuboids did you get?
But what if we have three different lengths: $2$ units, $3$
units and $4$ units?
How many different cuboids can you make now?
Make them from squared paper and sticky tape.
Remember to record your results.
Find a way of showing what they look like.
Once they are made perhaps you can arrange them in order of size
- but how will you work this out?