Tri-hexa-flexagons

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5th graders have been learning about geometry and art by constructing and designing flexible paper sculptures with interactive faces consisting of many equilateral triangles. Students review types of triangles and geometric facts about triangles and hexagons.

Virginia Killmore of Tully M.S./ H.S. in Tully, NY must be thanked for this lesson plan. Her website contains various resources for those interested in further study.

The real challenge is folding neatly and exactly so that flexagons work without a catch or hitch that might prevent flexing. Students learn the importance of craftsmanship and following directions. A few kids have had to start over, but practice makes perfect! As Picasso said, “I do that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.”

The following are some of Mrs. Cook-King’s wonderful class’s trihexaflexagons. Great going, Cook-King!

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2 thoughts on “Tri-hexa-flexagons

  1. Simon is so cute he looks so cute as a baby chick.He is so adorable I want to see Simon again really bad I hope you do to … Really miss Simon lol so sad …

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