I am currently integrating a geometry unit with the fifth grade teachers at my school. We are creating sculptures using
rectangular and triangular prisms. Utilizing balance and varying the size, students create 10 prisms and then glue them together to create the sculpture....You can begin with a 9x12 piece of construction paper...or if a smaller prism is desired a 6x9 may be used as well. Depending on the direction that you fold the prism, you may have a long or shorter prism. I also have the students use ½ of a 9x12 to create very long and thin prisms.
In introducing this activity, we looked at the architecture of I.M.Pei as well as Frank Lloyd Wright and concentrated on how they used form and shadow.
After we complete the sculptures, the students are taking them back to their own classroom to use for measurement.
They will be figuring surface, diameter etc.. of the forms used. It's been a great activity--the connections necessary for learning definitely were present...
Barry from K.C.