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Walking Polygons


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Walking Polygons

In this activity, learners walk the sides and interior angles of various polygons drawn on the playground. As they do so, learners practice rotating clockwise 180° and 360°. Learners discover there is a pattern to the sum of the interior angles of any polygon.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • playground or other paved surface
  • chalk
  • two or more people

Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Polygons

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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