What in the world is an icosahedron you ask?It is a 20 sided shape(That I always thought was called a dodecahedron. Dodecahedron is so much funner to say.)! A long time ago (9 years) I did this project with a group of students and then forgot all about it. Well this year I wanted to do an art project with my class that could be hung up. I searched Pinterest and didn't find any inspiration. How can that be you ask? I know, I know. No inspiration on Pinterest....unheard of. Anyways I pulled out an old box and saw my flattened example of a dodecahedron and I knew instantly I wanted my kiddos to make their own.
Here is a look at the finished product!
-materials to color with, scissors, glue stick, string, circle template (see below)
Step 1: Have students decorate 20 of the circles. Click on the picture for a copy of the template.They may complain that they have to do 20 of them and that they won't have enough ideas. I alleviated this worry by having the class brainstorm a list of possible things to draw. Each time we worked on the
Tip: Do not cut out any circles until all 20 are colored. I also have my students lightly put their initials on the back of the circles when they cut them out so if they are dropped on the floor they can get back to the rightful owner.
Step 2: After all 20 circles are decorated, have students cut them out and fold up the sides like the picture shows.
Tip: I let my students use stencils if they wanted to so that students who were self-conscious of their drawing abilities could have fun and be creative.
Do this twice creating 2 separate 5-sided domes.
Students will now have used 10 of their circles.
Tip: Before gluing the top on make sure you attach string through the middle of one of the domes so you can hang it up.
Step 4: With the remaining 10 circles, have students glue them together to create a long strip like the picture shows.
Step 5: Take the top dome and the long strip. Glue the top flaps of the long strip to the flaps on the dome working your way around the dome circle. To check as you go along, when you are gluing the flaps together you will be creating groups of 5 circles. This may sound confusing right now but it becomes very clear as you are gluing!
Once the top dome is glued to the long strip repeat step 5 with the bottom dome.
I know that Christmas has come and gone and you may not be able to make Christmas
Here are a few of the Christmas books I read to my students this year. They especially liked The Christmas Orange.