Problem Solving in the Geometry Class: Fun with Pattern Blocks (050917)
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Alexander T. Pond Science & Engineering Resource Center
118 Frelinghuysen Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Pattern blocks are extremely versatile manipulatives, lending themselves to explorations in many areas of mathematics. In this workshop we will focus on questions related to polygons. What types of polygonal regions can be created with pattern blocks? What can be said about their interior and exterior angles? What difficulties arise in trying to compute the perimeter and area of a pattern-block polygonal region? We will also use pattern blocks to explore several questions related to similarity in polygons. The participating teachers will work collaboratively on questions related to these themes, as well as generate new questions that can be asked about a certain pattern-block context. Adaptations for use at various grade levels will also be discussed. (Recommended for Grades 5-10)