Polyhedra Centers - Discovery Stations for 3D (Solid) Shapes:
These activities guide students to discover the similarities and differences between pyramids and prisms. Students also learn how to visualize a polyhedron using a net, classify polyhedra, and identify vertices, edges, and faces of solids.
These learning stations are set up for groups of 3 to 5 students to rotate through. Length of time for each station should be between 15 and 25 minutes, depending on student ability and time constraints. The activities will span two days in a typical classroom. At any station, if the group runs out of time, they can finish that station’s activity as homework or when they may have extra time at another station.
This set of materials includes a main card to place at each station that gives students directions. The cards are included in black and white and in color. The set also has printables for the complete student packet, including vocabulary cards that students fill out as they travel through the stations, 3 nets for constructing polyhedra in a hands-on exploration, grid paper, and all information and worksheets that are needed to guide students through their discovery of polyhedra.
The critical thinking and application station even introduces Euler’s formula for polyhedra and then guides students to begin thinking in terms of surface area as an extension into future objectives in Geometry.
Two stations (B and C) require internet access. Teachers can either allow students to find their own video and applet resources (with guidance if needed), or they can have them already chosen and set up. Basic internet searches will provide plenty of great online manipulatives and resources to easily fit the needs of the activities at these stations.
Materials required other than what is included here: two computers with internet access, tape, and scissors for each student. All other resources are included!
The zip file contains two PDF files.
Please check out the preview file to see each station.
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