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Geometry Gallery of Imaginary Animals Project

Have you ever noticed that many of the terms in geometry sound like they are the names of some strange animals? Terms like Scalene, Dodecagon, and Heptagon? In this project, students use their imaginations to create imaginary polygon animals and describe them, while they learn about geometry at the same time! Be sure to visit the Amy's Gallery and look at the artwork submitted by students.


Objective

According to NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, students in grades 3-5 should be able to identify, compare and analyze attributes of two- and three-dimensional shapes and develop vocabulary to describe the attributes. In this activity, students practice these skills and use their imaginations to create imaginary polygon animals and use geometric vocabulary to write a story about their creations.

The Task

Students choose geometry terms and create drawings of imaginary animals. Then students use geometric vocabulary to write a story about their polygon animal describing its appearance, behavior, and habitat. Students send their completed drawings and stories to be included in the Geometry Gallery of Imaginary Animals.

Materials

Procedure

  1. Examine the list of geometry terms below:
    Equilateral
    Octagon
    Rhombus
    Heptagon
    Dodecagon
    Hexagon
    Nonagon
    Hypotenuse
    Trapezoid
    Scalene
    Isosceles
    Polygon
    Quadrilateral
  2. If you aren't sure what these terms mean, we included a glossary to help you.
  3. Once you have finished the drawing of your geometric imaginary animal, you are ready to describe it. On a separate sheet of paper, describe its appearance, behavior and habitat. Be sure to include its habitat in your drawing, as well.
  4. If you would like to do your drawing and story by creating a HyperStudio stack, you can send Amy your stack saved on a floppy disk.
  5. Send your completed imaginary animals and stories to Amy, and she will post them here in the Geometry Gallery of Imaginary Animals! Be sure to include your email address so you can get feedback from the students who visit Amy's Gallery and see and read about your animal.

    How to Send Your Entries to Amy:

    Mail your imaginary animals/stories to:

    Amy Erickson, TEAMS Distance Learning
    Los
    Angeles County Office of Education
    9300 Imperial Highway, Room 250
    Downey, CA 20424

 

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