**First, what kiddo used this summer:**

String, Straight-edge and Shadow: the Story of Geometry

Hands-On Geometry: Constructions with Straightedge and Compass, Grades 4-6

Savage Shapes (Murderous Maths)

He loved Savage Shapes (the edition we have is called Vicious Circles and Savage Shapes) for its tongue-in-cheek writing style. Savage Shapes may be paired with trigonometry-themed Fiendish Angletron for fun reading. Both are from the Murderous Maths series and will likely be cheaper if purchased from The Book Depository (free shipping worldwide).

He also liked Hands-On Geometry for the step-by-step guidance provided for constructions. He took about 30 days (30-40 minute sessions a day) to complete the workbook.

For creating constructions, kiddo used the Alvin introductory bow compass (pictured here with other construction tools and patty paper).

A lesson from Hands-on Geometry |

A page-spread from String, Straight-edge and Shadow |

Coming soon...

Coming soon...

He's expressed interest to try Patty Paper Geometry next and once he completes algebra, we'll jump into this book with the required box of patty paper (the translucent square paper used in between frozen burger patties so they won't stick together). You should be able to find the set for cheaper here. Note: I've heard that the student book isn't needed in a homeschool setting.

I have to say I'm quite excited! It will be a very tactile approach to geometry with lots of folding and rotating and sliding of patty paper. All the better to understand angles, transformations etc!

A few pages from Patty Paper Geometry. Zoom in for details. |

Along with the texts, kiddo will be sharpening his skills in Geometer's Sketchpad (visit the Learning Center for teaching ideas using this software) and the free GeoGebra download. I don't think he needs a graphing calculator yet and when he does, I'll update this post.

**Other geometry resources that may be of interest:**

Books and manipulatives:

Right Start Geometry panels

Zome Geometry

Expeditions in Your Classroom Geometry

Life of Fred Geometry

Online/ video courses:

Derek Owens (uses Harold Jacob's Geometry, 3rd ed.)

Kinetic Books

Thinkwell

The Great Courses:

High School Geometry

Mathematics from the Visual World

Shape of Nature

Wow, really good recommendations again! Thanks, Suji! I particularly like those that tie in with history. Coincidentally, I'll be introducing Geometry to Tiger in September using the Sir Cumference series.

ReplyDeleteThanks Neo! Have you already read the Math Adventure books like What's Your Angle Pythagoras? Good stuff!

ReplyDeleteNo, I haven't. Sir Cumference is the first of the Math Adventure books that we are using, although I am certainly eyeing the others in the series for future use!

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