3D Coloring and Logic Puzzles  - Changing the Way we Teach Geometry
3D Coloring and Logic Puzzles - Changing the Way we Teach Geometry

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About this project

All proceed from the sale of this book will go towards funding HEROES Academy for the Gifted. 

For more information on this project, visit www.njgifted.org/3dcoloring.html

Adults and children alike enjoy coloring.  So, what if you could turn your coloring projects into 3-D Shapes too?  Our 3-D Geometrics Coloring and Logic Puzzles Book includes over 40 (single sided) detailed 3-Dimensional Designs.  Color the 2-Dimensional Net, cut it out, fold it up and glue it together.  

Assembly Instructions
Assembly Instructions

 

The 9 inch by 12 inch coil bound book will be printed on 100# matte, un-coated, white cover stock.  This paper is perfect for every medium -- markers, colored pencils, gel pens and even watercolors!  Designs are single sided to avoid problems with bleeding and to allow for assembly.  

Sample Illustrations
Sample Illustrations

Stretch Goals

Share our project on Social Media - Share our project on social media and receive 1 additional printable, reproducible PDF coloring page.  

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Facebook: @HEROESacademy

Twitter: @HEROESgifted; #3Dcoloring

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$10,000 - Everyone will receive two extra printable, reproducible PDF coloring pages!  Backers will vote on which designs will be included!  

The Math Behind the Coloring

Students at HEROES Academy explore geometry with 3D Coloring and Logic Puzzles.
Students at HEROES Academy explore geometry with 3D Coloring and Logic Puzzles.

 3D Geometric Coloring and Logic Puzzles began as a math manipulative for our classrooms at HEROES Academy.  We realized that students could spit out memorized formulas to solve for the surface area of 3-D Geometric shapes but they had no idea what they meant or where they came from.  By coloring, folding, and manipulating the 2-Dimensional nets, the students were able to gain an in-depth understanding of geometric shapes.  As students created their own designs, they were able to apply, and understand the relationship of, rotational and line symmetry from previous lessons.  

Our original lessons contained simplistic designs with circles on the vertices and columns along the edges, as you will see in the beginning lessons of this book.  This was a great introduction but we wanted to expand the lesson and manipulative to create something the students would continue to work on at home in their spare time.  So, the designing began!  I released a couple of designs, similar to the ones in this book, to our students and they fell in love.  Students were, and still are, asking for geometry 'homework' to bring home!  

Then, the parents started to ask for them!  Adult coloring books are currently the best selling books on the market.  This coloring book lets both adult and children enjoy their coloring in a new creative way.  We've found that the 3-D shapes make great ornaments and decorations too! 

An octahedron is a polyhedron with eight faces.  This is a regular octahedron made up of 8 equilateral triangles.  Four faces meet at each vertex.
An octahedron is a polyhedron with eight faces. This is a regular octahedron made up of 8 equilateral triangles. Four faces meet at each vertex.

Who is this coloring book for?  

We recommend this coloring book for anyone between the ages of 8 and 99! If you are searching for more kid-friendly designs, check out our parent-child package which includes 10 designs specifically for children. Many of these designs are similar to the coloring book pages, allowing for a great mommy-and-me project! If you are a teacher or home school parent looking to use this in your classroom, check our our Education package which includes the adult coloring book, reproducible student pages and lesson plans intended for students studying 4th, 5th and 6th grade mathematics.

What is HEROES Academy?

 A Note from HEROES Academy Founder and Math Instructor, Rita Voit

I do not believe in giving students formulas to memorize or to allow them to use formalas or procedures that they do not understand. For my 5th grade and pre-algebra geometry lessons, I wanted students to develop their own formulae for surface area and volume. Even with the use of K'nex, Geo-Shapes and other geometry manipulatives, some students still had difficulty visualizing how specific nets would be be transformed into 3-Dimensional shapes. I created nets with circles at their vertices and columns along their edges to create a new logic puzzle. I spent my vacation coloring and modge-podging these nets to hang throughout the classroom...Read More Here.

Risks and challenges

We have already designed and edited the majority of the designs for this project. We have a complete sample book, printed and bound on the same paper that we will be publishing with. The major risk with this project is the printing timeline. I have estimated the delivery for February 2017 which allows for a buffer in case the printer is late to deliver the material. We are using Alphagraphics for publishing. I've been working with this printer for a number of years. Tom Park from Alphagraphics, New Brunswick, always does amazing work and often even delivers ahead of schedule!

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