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End of the Year MATH Fun

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

Everybody is posting end of the year stuff, so I’ll throw in my favorite math project.  A dodecahedron memory ornament.  A what?  Ha ha.

A dodecahedron is a 12-sided geometric ball (or “geo ball”, as my friend Laurie calls it).  Copy two sheets of the pattern for each student on white cardstock.  Ordinary paper is too flimsy.  Kiddos decorate all of the pentagons before cutting them out.  You can give them a theme, or just have them draw or write special memories of the year.

Each student makes their own ornament, but I also have the kids decorate pentagons that I put together into my own memory dodecahedron, which you see pictured.  You can either fold the flaps in or out.  As you can see from the picture, I like them out.  I think it’s also easier for the kids.

Click on the picture for the pattern.  You need two sheets for each student.
Dodecahedron Memory Ornament
Want more geo fun?  Click on this picture to visit a website with AWESOME foldable nets.

Have fun!

You might also like this year-end activity using The Important Book, by Margaret Wise Brown.

11 Comments

    • Donna Boucher

      You are so welcome. Like I said, it’s long been a favorite of mine!

      Donna

      Reply
  1. Maria Youngblut

    I like this! I think I will be making these with my second graders!

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    • Donna Boucher

      I’m sure they will love it!

      Donna

      Reply
  2. duckyteacher

    This could be the perfect little side trip for testing week! What a fun way to learn a little math AND save have something to remember our year.

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    • Donna Boucher

      Absolutely! It’s always a crowd pleaser. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Naner

    this looks like a fun activity. thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure!

      Reply
  4. Mrs. D

    This will be a great addition to my 4th grade unit on The Phantom Tollbooth- which if you haven’t read it in a long time or ever, has a character named the dodecahedron! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna Boucher

      I loved that book when I was young, but didn’t remember that particular detail. Thanks for sharing the connection!

      Reply
  5. Dawn Whitesides

    Awesome!

    Reply

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