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Classifying the different three dimensional shapes according to specific attributes can be fun and interesting.
Print Books
Classic Polyhedra Origami by John MontrollStep-by-step instructions and two-color diagrams show beginning and more experienced paperfolders how to create 33 variations on the three-dimensional geometric forms known as polyhedra. Origami master John Montroll presents a variety of classic polyhedra models, including Platonic and Archimedean solids; the tetrahedron; the cube, the octahedron, and other prisms; and the dodecahedron.
Call Number: 736 MON
ISBN: 9780486479507
Publication Date: 2010
Exquisite Modular Origami by Meenakshi MukerjiA step by step how-to book for making modular origami models based on polyhedra. If you love origami, polyhedra, symmetry, geometry, and mathematics, this book is for you. Author Meenakshi Mukerji is the winner of Origami USA's 2005 Florence Temko Award. Visit the author's origami website at http: //www.origamee.net.
Call Number: 736 MUK
ISBN: 9781463707606
Publication Date: 2011
Drawing Stars and Building Polyhedra by Christopher M. Freeman
Call Number: 516 FRE
ISBN: 9781593630669
Publication Date: 2005
Using this book, students learn to draw stars with seven, eight, or more points, and formulate conjectures about their mathematical structure. They also assemble polygons into 3-D polyhedra and develop spatial intuition. Drawing Stars: Students develop a definition of starand find a procedure for drawing stars with seven, eight, nine, or more points. They also use stars to illustrate multiplication: for example, 2 x 4 = 8 describes two overlapping squares that form an 8-pointed star. Students discern mathematical properties of stars. They distinguish continuous stars (which can be drawn without lifting pencil from paper) from stars that consist of overlapping copies of simpler stars. Students formulate a conjecture that uses the Greatest Common Factor to predict whether a particular star will be continuous or overlapping. Building Polyhedra: Students assemble equilateral triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and decagons to form symmetrical 3-D solids called polyhedra. This book allows students to experiment for themselves: Some combinations don't work, but students enjoy discovering the combinations that do fit together. Students develop spatial intuition that applies to the structure of molecules, to playground climbing equipment, and to geodesic domes. The book provides reproducible handouts of polygons to photocopy onto colored paper. Studentscut out the polygons, fold the flaps, and attach them with small staplers. Completed polyhedra make an attractive wall display. These activities meet four distinct NCTM standards.
eBooks Online
Beginner's Book of Modular Origami Polyhedra by Rona Gurkewitz; Bennett ArnsteinWhether or not you're familiar with traditional origami models, you're sure to be captivated by the fun and fascination of creating abstract geometric forms. This book by an expert paperfolder offers a clear, concise introduction to the special techniques for making beautiful, complex polyhedra models. These 17 projects are based on the classic Platonic solids: the tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. Folders at every level of experience, from absolute beginners to old hands, will appreciate the step-by-step diagrams and their detailed views of the models' assembly. Additional helpful features include photos of the complete models, background on the Platonic solids, and references.