A polyhedron is a 3d shape created from many polygons! They are stunning to look at, and fun for any elementary student to try to draw, make, take apart, figure out. The last thing they should do is induce the cold sweats!
A polyhedron (plural: Polyhedra) is very simply defined as a three dimensional (3d) shape, composed of flat faces and straight edges.
The flat faces DO NOT have to be the same to make a polyhedron, however the DO have to be the same to make a Platonic solid.
As far as the Platonic Solids go, K6 students are only required to be able to identify them, and have knowledge of the cube.
Tthe polyhedra that a K-6 student must be familiar with are the:
This section of the site, I have really just created for a bit of fun. My kids love these shapes for their 'funky' names. They treat them as tongue twisters, more than wanting to know any specific math about them!
And since geometry should be fun - why not!
Having said that, bellow are some images of figures that are not Platonic Solids or regularly studied by K-6 students. Remember, Platonic Solids are a special group of polyhedra.
Simply click on an image to be taken to more detailed information about each one.
I am sure you will find all the information and worksheets you need here, however if there is anything you cannot find please don't hesitate to contact me or simply visit the K6Math Café and join the conversation!
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