The lesson can introduce shapes and the construction of the five platonic solids. It also relates how a 3-dimensional surface is represented through a 2-dimensional surface such as in maps and the distortions that can occur.
Elementary 5 - 6 and secondary 7 - 12.
How does nature shape the things that we see? How can we take a 3-dimensional object and make a map out of it?
#1 How to use maps
and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
45 minutes.
- Patterns & Handouts
- tape
- scissors
- string
- tacks
- map pieces from Global Pursuit
A. Students will be
able to create 3-dimensional shapes of the platonic figures using
the paper patterns.
1. Break the
students into groups and give them a packet with instructions
on steps to follow. Each person should be able to create one
of the figures and they can help each other out to complete the
figures.
Informal - The teacher will observe the students working in groups.
1. Have students
color the Earth dragon or zodiac. |

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