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These triangles twist and turn! How many different triangles can you suspend on a mobile?
During a study of geometric shapes, ask students to focus on the unique figure of a triangle. What make up this figure? How is it similar to other shapes? How is it different? Ask students to look at different types of triangles (scalene, equilateral, isosceles). How are these figures similar? Different? Write student contributions on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers.
In small groups, students find out more about the names and types of triangles. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to list results. Students sketch each triangle and list its characteristics. provide time for groups to compare lists with other groups, adding any types that might have been missed.
Students create triangle mobiles using the information they have gathered on triangles. On posterboard, students use Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a variety of triangles. With Crayola Twistables, decorate and label them. Cut out the triangles with Crayola Scissors. Encourage students to decorate the opposite side of each triangle.
Punch a hole at the top of each triangle. Holes can also Punch holes in the bottoms of some triangles so additional triangle models can hang from them.
On heavy cardboard, students draw a large triangle. Decorate both sides of it with Twistables. Punch three holes in it. Tie yarn in the holes for hanging. Use yarn to attach the smaller triangles to the large one and/or each other. Make sure the triangles hang freely beneath the large cardboard triangle.
Hang Twisting Triangle mobiles near a window so they can turn in the breeze. Challenge students to view mobiles and see if they can compose a definition for each type of triangle.
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