Adding It All Up
In this lesson, students draw various polygons and investigate their interior angles. The investigation is done using both an interactive tool and paper and pencil to foster an understanding of how different patterns can lead to the same solution. After comparing results with a partner, students develop a formula showing the relationship between the number of sides of a polygon and the sum of the interior angles.
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- Investigate the pattern between the number of sides of a polygon and the sum of the interior angles using in two different methods.
- Determine that the interior angle sum is always the same for polygons with the same number of sides.
- Create a formula to find the interior angle sum given the number of sides.
- Explore interior angles in regular polygons.
Essential and guiding questions:
Questions for Students:
- Are all the angle measures always the same for a single polygon
- As the number of sides increases, what happens to the sum of the angle measures?
- Does the formula work for both regular and non-regular polygons? What about shapes like scalene triangles or trapezoids?
Blooms taxonomy level:
- Have students explore exterior angles. The sum of the exterior angles for any polygon is 360°, and therefore the measure of one exterior angle in a regular polygon is 360/n
- In the bottom right-hand corner of the Angle Sum Tool, there is an animation for the triangle and square showing how the sum of the interior angles relates to tiling. Have students watch the animations and write a journal entry on what they demonstrate.
- Computers with internet access
- Adding It All Up Activity Sheet
- Adding It All Up Answer Key
- Unlined paper
- Colored pencils or markers (optional)
- Computers with Internet access