Students create a mini-book in the shape of one of 6 regualr polygons and write information about its properties and other interesting facts on its foldout pages.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 8


Language Arts
Visual Arts



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POLYGON SHAPED MINI FOLDOUT BOOKS – Colour, Shape, Geometry - Step One

Step One

  1. Choose the polygon shape you want to work with.
  2. Follow the instruction to make the mini-book. (Downloads - 6-PolygonShapeBooks.pdf)
  3. Write and add colour on both sides of each page.
POLYGON SHAPED MINI FOLDOUT BOOKS – Colour, Shape, Geometry - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Fold the completed pages so they open in the correct order.
  2. Share your book with a partner.
  3. Compare the regular polygons and information you each found.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a polygon shaped mini foldout book;
  • describe the properties of the polygon;
  • include interesting facts about the polygon;
  • use contrasting colours and illustrations to add interest to the pages; 
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.


Have students:

  • work with regualr polygons to create pictures of creatures or abstract designs;
  • colour their designs using a specific colour scheme;
  • share their work with others.


  1. Prior to this lesson teach about regular polygons and their properties.
    - triangle; square; pentagon; hexagon; heptagon; octagon.
  2. Provide time for students to research interesting information about where to find each polygon, e.g., in nature or manufacturing,
  3. Download and make copies of the book templates. (Downloads - 6-PolygonShapeBooks.pdf)


  1. Review and share information about 6 different polygons.
  2. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Create a polygon shaped mini foldout book.
  2. Describe the properties of the polygon.
  3. Include interesting facts about the polygon.
  4. Use contrasting colours and illustrations to add interest to the pages. 
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created a polygon shaped mini foldout book
    - cut out the shape accurately
    - made crisp folds for each page
    - described the properties of the polygon
    - included interesting information about the polygon
    - used contrasting colours on the pages
    - used colour and pictures on the pages
    - kept the book in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Place students into small groups.
  2. Ask students to share their books with their group.
  3. During the discussion include references to:
    written information – accuracy and interest
    - colour and pictures – how the use of colour and pictures influences the information and appeal of the book
    - technical accomplishment – things that contribute to the overall effectiveness of the finished book 


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their books – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, points to areas in the book, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - PolygonMiniBook_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - PolygonMiniBook_self-assessment.pdf)