This investigation has all the materials you need to help your students master the naming and properties of prisms and pyramids. In includes the nets (templates) for 15 different prisms and pyramids, from the triangular to decagonal, as well as charts to organize the counting and pattern finding of these different solids. There is also an extensive investigation into the work of Leonhard Euler who discovered the relationship between the number of faces, edges and vertices found in any polyhedra.
This is a truly "hands on" investigation of polyhedra: it is my belief that students should do more than look at pictures of polyhedra in order to understand them, which is why I have them cut out and build various simple and complex prisms and pyramids. The templates for these models are easy to print and cut out, as they are large (1 per page) and the lines for cutting and folding are easy to read.
I have also included a set of tips on how to sequence the activities so that your students can get the most out of this study. There are challenges for students at different levels, which includes locating and describing patterns, as well as testing out statements made about polyhedra.
I've also included an answer key for those of you who might be wondering what do you call a 17 sided polygon.....