Solidly Platonic

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When they do, they learn. Using this resource, young mathematicians learn about platonic solids by actually building, touching, and examining the shapes. They connect their observations about the shapes to Euler's formula.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have various platonic solids to use as models
  • Use different-colored card stock for each shape
  • Demonstrate a corner holding water and a flat piece that does not hold water
Classroom Considerations

  • Have an ample supply of glue or tape so students are not waiting on one another 
  • Review vocabulary as needed
  • Lack of independent practice for students
Pros

  • Templates are provided
  • Hands-on activity
  • Does not require too many materials
Cons

  • Somewhat difficult to distinguish teacher-facing and student-facing information
Common Core