Flat Polygons
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Education, Primary Ed

There are many many different types of polygons. Today we are going to work with many types of flat polygons. We are going to start out with building a triangle. I would like for you to build one triangle for me.  In two previous lessons we already learned something about the triangle we have already built today. (See geometry-triangles and geometry-right triangles).  Please explain what you recall about the triangle that you’ve built. How do we know this is accurate and certain?

Please make a four-sided figure now.

Please on your sheet of paper describe the type of four sided figured that you have made.  Now is a great time to talk about rhombus, squares, rectangles, diamonds, acute, obtuse, degrees in a quadrilateral polygon, etc.

Please build a five sided figure. Please describe what this five sided figure looks like. What is a five sided figure called? Is this five sided figure regular or irregular?

Now is a great time to look at this picture above. If you notice there are a total of six balls which would mean six angles. Therefore this shape could look as though it is a six sided figure. These tools to create some issue with being able to discuss this because of their limitations. Although this could technically be viewed as a six sided figure, one of the angles is exactly 180°. 180° equals a straight line, therefore it does not count as an angle and that makes this a five sided figure.  Building shapes becomes difficult with the variances of angles. Below you can see another picture where we continue this experiment.  We ended with octagons.

In building each of these polygons we discuss the differences in the number of decreased found in each sided figure.  There was much discussion of regular versus irregular.

In wrapping up we discussed whether the shapes were two-dimensional or three-dimensional. This question was solely to start the next activity. It was a get them thinking about 2-D versus 3-D prior to beginning the activity following day.

– Brandi

Joe Donahue is the manager of day-to-day operations and the person who originally conceived of the TOOBEEZ product.

Joe had a vision to create a life-sized Tinker Toy(TM) for families to play with to help reconnect with each other. It took four years of business planning, market research, manufacturing trips, endless conference calls with engineers, designers and patent attorneys but finally on September 21, 2003, the Toobeez product was born!

Often referred to as Giant Tinkertoys(TM), Toobeez is a life-sized construction building system comprised of interlocking tubes and spheres that can be linked together to create anything imaginable, from a simple cube shape to a complex structure like a lemonade stand, house, airplane or submarine. Just connect, twist and create!

Initially, Toobeez was sold exclusively to the specialty toy market, but due to its open-ended nature, it didn’t take long to realize the versatility of the product and the many different ways it could be used.

Today, the Toobeez system is currently being used by educators, team building/training professionals, occupational and recreational therapists, camp counselors, Boy and Girl Scout troops, church youth groups and the list grows every day. There is even a group of forward thinking dog trainers who use Toobeez to create challenging courses for agility training (we're not making this up)!

Armed with the knowledge that there was more to Toobeez than just a toy, Joe reached out to industry experts and educators with the goal of developing a collection of materials that provide activities, educational tools and lesson plans for use with Toobeez. Among the topics covered: team building, math, language arts, occupational therapy and special needs and senior needs. Currently under development is a corporate team building workbook and a physical education activity book.

Whether in a playroom, classroom, corporation, camp or healthcare setting, Toobeez aims to provide every participant with a positive, healthy and fun learning experience!

Since the inception of Toobeez in 2001, it has been the company’s mission to connect people, inspire creativity and foster imagination. As a testament to their roots, Joe and the entire Toobeez team continuously strive to deliver a quality product that promotes connection and teamwork to ultimately bring people together.

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