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Hands-On Geometry: Constructions With a Straightedge and Compass

Author: Christopher M. Freeman
Product Code: 188
ISBN: 978-1-59363-418-6
Pages: 84
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Put compasses into your students' hands and behold the results! Hands-On Geometry teaches students to draw accurate constructions of equilateral triangles, squares, and regular hexagons, octagons, and dodecagons; to construct kites and use their diagonals to construct altitudes, angle bisectors, perpendicular bisectors, and the inscribed and circumscribed circles of any triangle; to construct perpendicular lines and rectangles, parallel lines, and parallelograms; and to construct a regular pentagon and a golden rectangle.

Students will enjoy fulfilling high standards of precision with these hands-on activities. Hands-On Geometry provides the background students need to become exceptionally well prepared for a formal geometry class. The book provides an easy way to differentiate instruction: Because the lessons are self-explanatory, students can proceed at their own pace, and the finished constructions can be assessed at a glance.

Grades 4–6


Review by: Ann Sumpter, Learning Resources for Successful Teaching - September 1, 2010
Looking for construction instruction? This the book for you! It teaches students how to accurately draw everything from equilateral triangles to hexagons, dodecagons, parallelograms, and golden rectangles.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - April 17, 2010
Hands-On Geometry: Constructions with a Straightedge and Compass is an educational resource for math teachers with students in grades 4–6, featuring challenging drawing projects meant to be completed with a simple straightedge and compass. From equilateral triangles to squares, regular hexagons, octagons, dodecagons, parallelograms, regular pentagons, golden rectangles, and more, geometry students will get a hands-on appreciation for the laws that govern these shapes and the opportunity to internalize basic mathematical principles in more than one way. The ready-to-use, reproducible activities are an excellent supplement to any geometry teacher's course work, making Hands-On Geometry highly recommended for grade school mathematics classrooms everywhere.
Review by: Cynthia West, Our Journey Westward - April 1, 2010
I continue to be impressed by the materials Prufrock Press sends me for review . . . Using only a compass and a straight edge, the seven chapters of this book take your children through geometric 2-dimensional constructions. They learn how to correctly create perpendiculars, parallels, kites, triangles, quadrilaterals and more . . . The directions were so clear that it didn't matter that I never remembered doing this even in high school geometry. If only geometry HAD been this "hands-on" in high school, I might have enjoyed it more! But this isn't even intended for high schoolers! It's written for upper elementary and middle school children.
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