Geometry Goodies

Do you struggle with geometry as much as I did? I shared earlier lots of the hands on activities that we did, but it still never "clicked."

In the past my students have really struggled with all the vocabulary.  I have to admit, a LARGE portion of my class had some kind language impairment and I think this really made it hard for some students to grasp all the terms.

If I could go back and "redo" it, I would use these calendar pieces my two friends created. Their calendar pieces are a spiraling review and would have helped some of those kiddos to hear and see it EVERY day. Live and learn, right?

This may look like a total **squirrel**, but I swear it isn't!

I was thrilled when EAI Education contacted me to review a product of my choice a few weeks ago. I couldn't believe my luck.   They sent me Geomodel Everyday Folding Shapes 10 cm.

See? Not a squirrel. Totally related to geometry.


I have to say, these things are absolutely amazing. I wish I had them when I was in the classroom. I actually had a similar set when I taught, but these ARE SO MUCH BETTER.   The ones I had where like these- clear geometric solids that had removable bottoms.  Kids could take out the paper insert and see the net. Nice, right?

Let me tell you how these take it up a notch!  This set includes 26 different nets for kids to insert into the solids shapes to transform them into everyday objects!! Ack! So now it actually LOOKS like  a soup can or ice cream cone! Perfect for real world connections.  It also has 25 question cards that would be perfect for a game of Scoot or to use in small groups.  I can't say enough positive things about this set. They are $29.95 online right now and they are worth every bit of that and more.

But I am not done yet.  They were nice enough to send me the 5 cm set to give away! It is just the same, without the question cards. But I think I am going to do switch-a-roo!  I am going to give away the 10 cm set! Honestly, they are just too good for me to horde away until I go back into the classroom.  A classroom of kids needs to play with these ASAP!

EAI was kind enough to also share an EXCLUSIVE shipping code for my followers!!!  FREE shipping for orders over $30!!! Woo hoo! The code is MT4TFS2014 and will be active for only 30 days! There are a few exclusions, so make sure you double check to make sure it works.

Enter for your set here!

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I have one more piece of randomness!  I made a geometry freebie! Woo hoo!  If you got all the way to the bottom of this post, you deserve it!



  1. I love your blog and use many of your ideas and products in my classroom. They are always practical and helpful. I have to disagree with you though on the number of edges for cones. I think they have one edge where the curved part and the flat part meet. Similarly, doesn't a cylinder have two edges? I could be totally wrong but thought I'd just check.

    1. Debbie! I had to laugh at your (very sweet) response. I will be honest, I have no idea. I get so confused with all this geometry stuff. I (personally) agree with you. And that is actually how I taught it last year. I hope I wasn't wrong! However, when I looked at the EAI materials, this is what was in the answer key. I didn't trust myself so I went with what they said!! Tell you what, tonight I will put this on my Facebook page and let everyone weigh in!

  2. Debbie, My contact at EAI checked out this post and she sent the question to a teacher expert to get to the bottom of it. Here is what he said

    “Because a cylinder has a curved surface, it is technically not a polyhedron. The terms "faces" and "edges" only apply to polyhedra which have flat surfaces, straight edges and vertices.

    There is always the argument that the flat bottom and top are separated from the curved surface by an edge but it is not correct.

    The same applies to a cone.”

    I had no idea! Kinda neat, right?

  3. Love it!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  4. Your blog is one of my favorites. Even if what you post is not right on the grade I teach, it's very easy to adjust them to fit my class.


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