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Pop-up Polyhedrons with Quiver Lesson

Students love to interact with their learning environment and getting them to use the Quiver iOS app with some polyhedron pages is just the thing to get them excited about Math solids.



Quiver iOS app installed on iPads/iPods for student use

Print off one copy of the Platonic Solids Starter and color the solids. Print off several copies of each of the polyhedrons (enough for your class with extras) from Quivervision Platonic Solids.

Crayons and/or markers.

Ability to video students.



Alberta Curriculum – Mathematics grades 3-6

Describe the characteristics of 3D objects and 2D shapes and analyze the relationships, position and motion of these objects and shapes.


U.S. Common Core Math Standards

Geometry – grades 3-6


Guiding Questions

  • What do I want my students to learn?
  • What can my students currently understand and do?
  • What do I want my students to understand and be able to do, based on the Big Ideas and specific outcomes/standards?


Big Ideas between Shapes and Objects

  • 3-D objects and 2-D shapes can be analyzed according to their attributes.
  • 3-D objects and 2-D shapes with similar attributes can be grouped together into classes of shapes.
  • 3-D objects can be analyzed, grouped and defined based on the number and shape of faces and the number of edges and vertices.
  • There are relationships between the number and shape of the faces of a 3-D object, and the number of its edges and vertices.
  • By thinking about the particular attributes of a class of 2-D shapes and the relationships between those attributes, students begin to generalize about shapes, assign shapes to particular classes and construct definitions of classes of shapes.
  • There are mathematical conventions that govern how 2-D shapes are classified and named. One important attribute by which 2-D shapes are classified is the number of sides.
  • Congruency and symmetry are geometric properties. These properties can be used to determine what makes some shapes alike and different.


Achievement Indicators

The following indicators may be used to determine whether or not students have met this outcome. Can students:

  • identify the faces, edges and vertices of polyhedrons?
  • identify the shape of the faces of a polyhedron?
  • determine the number of faces, edges and vertices of a polyhedron?
  • color a skeleton of a polyhedron, and use the Quiver iOS app to describe how the skeleton relates to the polyhedron?
  • sort the Quivervision Platonic Solids according to the number of faces, edges or vertices?
  • classify the Quivervision Platonic Solids according to the number of sides?


Time: 90 minutes or 2 lessons of 45 minutes each.


Assessing Prior Knowledge and Skills

  • Teacher colors the Platonics Solids Starter sheet ahead of time and uses the Quiver iOS app to augment the solids on the sheet to show students. (5 mins.)
  • Have students write or discuss orally what is different about each polyhedron prior to coloring and augmenting them. (15 mins.)


Instructional Strategy – Time to Play!

  • Have enough sheets printed off so that students can choose at least one polyhedron to color of their choice.
  • If possible, have students move together into groups of three, each with a different polyhedron.
  • In their small group, each student can read aloud about their polyhedron which is printed on their sheet. (15 mins.)
  • Coloring of the actual polyhedron begins! (15-25 mins.)
  • Ideally at least one iPad/iPod with the Quiver iOS app installed should be available for each small group to use to augment their colored polyhedron and make it come to life. (5 mins.)



Using another device, video the student speaking about their polyhedron and using the Quiver app to make it 3D. (25 mins.) Post to the student’s eportfolio, GDrive, or blog.

  • Ask the student to show you an example of a face on their polyhedron.
  • Ask the student to show you an example of a vertex on their polyhedron.
  • Ask the student to show you an example of an edge on their polyhedron.
  • Prompt the student to describe the shape of a face on their polyhedron.
  • Prompt the student to count the number of vertices on their polyhedron.
  • Prompt the student to count the number of edges on their polyhedron.
  • Choose two polyhedrons (one from a classmate) and ask the student to tell you something the same and something different about the shape of some of the faces of the polyhedrons.
  • Choose two objects and ask the student to tell you something the same and something different about the number of vertices or edges of the polyhedrons.


Key Vocabulary

3-D objects

2-D shapes











By sight (not for spelling)








Have students research their polyhedron even further. Where is it found in nature? What is its significance? Some great sites to use: WolframAlpha, Instagrok, Math is Fun, Mathigon


PeriscopePD: Chrome Apps for Middle Years Students

Below is the list of Chrome Apps that I recommend for grades 5-9 in the classroom. As with anything, please review each Chrome App to see if it fits with the work you are doing in the classroom before you share it with students. The five “bolded” Chrome Apps are shown via the 15 minute PeriscopePD video above.

BrainPOP – movies, info

Canva – posters, flyers, brochures

Coding with Chrome – beginner and advanced

Coggle – collaborative mind maps

Daum Equation Editor – create + save math expressions

Discovery Education – requires a subscription

DOGOnews – 3500+ ELA, Science, Social Studies articles

Duolingo – learn a language

EDpuzzle – insert videos with questions, etc.

Fluency Tutor for Google – students record themselves reading, requires subscription to use analytical tools

Geoboard – perimeter, area, angles

Geogebra Math Apps- interactive geometry

Google Classroom

Google Cultural Institute – artworks, museums, world events

Google Docs

Google Drive

Google Earth

Google Forms

Google Maps

Haiku Deck – presentations

InstaGrok – research search engine w/facts, websites, videos, images, pins, quizzes

Itch – Scratch Teacher Dashboard

IXL – adaptive K-12 Math, LA, Science, SSt practice, requires subscription

LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3

LEGO Education WeDo 2.0

Newsela – current events articles at different levels

Pixlr Editor – photo editing

PowToon Presentations Edu – create presentations + animated videos, require a subscription

Sphero Blockly – visual code editor for the Sphero (for Chrome OS 48+, Mac OS X 10.11+, WIndows 10+)


Type Fu

Useful Periodic Table (lite)

VoiceNote II – Speech to Text

WeVideo – Video Editor and Maker – video editing

World Data Atlas


5×5 Learning: What’s Your Answer?

This week I’ll be showcasing various online formative assessment tools that can be used in the classroom. 5×5 refers to the 5 minutes of time you’ll need to read and check out the tool for each of the following 5 days. Have fun, try them out, share with students and colleagues.

Sometimes you just want to ask a quick question to your students. It’s very easy with Answer Garden. Teachers just need to create a question or input a topic on the website and then students respond via any online device.

Watch the video tutorial below to see how easy it is:



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What About Millenial Leaders?


The University of Denver recently released an infographic “Building the New Leaders – The Rise of Millennials in Leadership Roles”. For me it was creating first the understanding of what these millennials bring to the leadership table and what skills that need to be further developed. As well, how does an organization, like my school district, work with both non-millennials and millennials in leadership roles?


Leaders Need to Get Trendy

Over the past five years, technology allows leaders to connect with other leaders easily from anywhere at anytime. Opportunities to learn from each other is paramount and using social media to develop a professional learning network, garner new ideas, check out research, have discussions, etc.  Becoming better leaders takes time, practice, reflection and redos. And some of the professional learning is online, some is face to face and some is individual, flexible, and/or grouped.

Listen to Superintendent Scott Rocco speak about some educational leadership trends:

How are you working on your access to social media, technology integration and professional development? See further insight via EdTechReview.


A to C: Annotate and Comment

Whether you are a teacher or a student, you see a lot of text throughout the school year. While I work mainly in a digital environment (Google Apps for Education – GAFE), I still like to be able to annotate/make comments on pages. Below are some of the ways that I do this digitally.

  • Google Documents – click on the Comments box in the top right corner, highlight any text and type in your comment pertaining to that. You or others who have access to this document can add more comments, resolve or even delete them. A great way to work collaboratively on a document, share ideas, suggest improvements.

GDoc comments

  • Google Documents – use Kaizena Mini which is an Add-on that allows you to use voice comments. (You can comment on your own work to yourself or you can choose who the comments will go to.)

Gdoc Kaizena Mini

  • Google Documents – use Read&Write for Google Chrome extension to add Voice Notes to the document. Very slick, just make sure that your laptop, chromebook or netbook has a good microphone or you’ll need to invest in a mic + headset (or Apple earbuds).

GDoc_RWG VoiceNote

  • Google Drive – upload a .pdf. Open the .pdf and use the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension Annotations tool which creates a pin and opens up a text box (max 500 characters). If this document is shared to others and they too have RW4GC, they can also annotate at the same time.


These are just a few of the annotation and comment tools that I use while working in a GAFE environment with a laptop. There are other applications, especially for the iPad that I will certainly make time to post about at another date.

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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized