Fourth graders have embraced the STEAM concept fully and look to turn any project into a STEAM project. Recently they worked on making three and four sided figures using pattern blocks. They had to use at least two shapes for each of their polygons. Several students were working on their three sided figures and realized that they could keep adding shapes to make the figure bigger. The kids got so excited when one student made a nineteen piece triangle, and the competition was on!
Next thing we knew, we had 26, 30, 32, 46….up to a 71-piece triangle! Two students started making the longest quadrilaterals out of triangles and rhombuses, then others moved on to making a quadrilateral out of rhombus shapes and had to stop at 107 pieces!