CE-MIST Student Programs at the RPSEC

Polygon Puzzle

Student Programs Lesson Information, Standards Correlations, and Post Visit Activities

Polygon Puzzle: In this program students use the Geometer’s Sketchpad, a dynamic, interactive geometry software package, to discover and explore properties of triangles. Students will construct and classify triangles by lengths of sides (scalene, isosceles, and equilateral) and by sizes of angles (acute, obtuse, and right) using computer-generated measurements of line segments and angles. Students will then use the computer to transform their triangles to solve a critical thinking problem.

Post Visit Activities

This lesson supports the following standards:


6-1.3 Use inductive and deductive reasoning to formulate mathematical arguments.
6-1.7 Generalize connections among a variety of representational forms and real-world situations.
6-4.7 Compare the angles, side lengths, and perimeters of similar shapes.

Social Studies

6-2.2 Summarize the significant political and cultural features of the classical Greek civilization, including the concept of citizenship and the early forms of democratic government in Athens; the role of Alexander the Great as a political and military leader; and the contributions of Socrates, Plato, Archimedes, Aristotle, and others in philosophy, architecture, literature, the arts, science, and mathematics.

Language Arts

6-3.2 Analyze the meaning of words by using Greek and Latin roots and affixes within texts.
6-3.5 Spell new words using Greek and Latin roots and affixes.

Please direct inquiries to:
Student Programs
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
USCA, 471 University Parkway, Box 3, Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3313 from Augusta 278-1967 Ext. 3313


Copyright © 2009 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Center of Excellence in Educational Technology
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/student/CE-MISTSP/PolygonPuzzle.html (January 2009)