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Geometry (10-Minute Mini)
An Easy-to-Use, 10-Minute Math Play for Elementary and Middle School
Includes script, teacher's guide, and audio CD. The CD has all the songs recorded twice: first with singing, so you and your students can learn the songs, and then without voices so your students can perform without us singing along.
And if you ever have any trouble or questions, you can contact us at any time for help.
We created our 10-Minute Minis to give teachers a fun, memorable, and time-efficient (ten minutes!) way to supplement or review a specific area of the curriculum. These shows are meant to be read aloud once, twice, or (at most) three times with different students reading different parts each time. No rehearsing; no memorizing; no costumes, sets, or audience. All the students have lines in every show, and each show has two songs that can be sung by all the students. These are NOT musical plays designed to be performed on a stage in front of an audience. We suppose it could be done that way, and it may even work pretty darn well. Teachers are a lot smarter than we are, and though we try our best to thwart your creativity, you usually outsmart us. Still, give the “reading aloud without rehearsal” system a shot. We think a show like our 10-Minute Geometry Mini will give you a lot of curricular bang for your ten-minute buck.
The Greek hero Isosceles, accompanied by his trusty horse Equilateral and Scalene the Squire, is on a quest for the perfectly shaped table for his group of heroes. Their travels take them to strange lands filled with angles (which can be quite obtuse) and triangles (some of which insist they are always right). Finally, with some advice from the Man on the Flying Trapezoid, they come to the Land of the Polygons, where they at last find their quintessential quadrilateral.
- Triangles: isosceles, equilateral, scalene, right, acute, obtuse
- Angles: right, acute, obtuse, straight, complementary, supplementary
- Polygons: triangle, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon
- Quadrilaterals: trapezoid
- Parallelograms: square, rectangle, rhombus
- Area: triangle, square, rectangle
Other references include: perimeter; congruent sides and angles; line segments; planes; parallel lines; radius; pi; irrational numbers; two-dimensional figures.
Author: Ron Fink (Composer) and John Heath (Script and Lyrics)
© 2010 Bad Wolf Press, LLC
"THIS MINI is a BIG hit! I have used it over and over. Fun, helpful and everyone benefits from the lesson. Students actually tell me this is more fun then recess."
---Brenda Combs, Teacher (3rd-6th grade, gifted), Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Oakdale, CA
"My kids love the jokes in the Geometry Mini and enjoy the whole progression from start to finish! They beg me to play the music even while they're cleaning. It's good that there are leveled parts...some are easy and some more challenging so everyone can participate! I like that the Mini doesn't have to be a huge production with ornate costumes. The students can participate either as a part or the chorus."
---Melissa Smith, Teacher 4th grade), Foster Road Elementary, La Mirada, CA
"The humor and story lines are great. The songs are also catchy, easily remembered, and easy to dance to. The Geometry Mini is great in helping explain vocabulary terms in an entertaining and visual way."
---Heather Morse, Teacher (5th grade), Spalding Elementary, Boise, ID
"The Geometry Mini teaches some important concepts in a short amount of time and in an exciting way!"
---Melissa Smith, Teacher (4th grade), Foster Road Elementary, La Mirada, CA
"So fun! It was short, and we were able to perform it for the whole school. We did costumes, backdrop, the whole thing. A great learning experience! Plays make learning more interesting; the songs are very catchy, and the experience is helpful for students with different learning disabilities. I use the songs, even if we aren't performing the play, as a learning experience."
---Kellie Zerlang, Teacher (5th-6th grade), Sequoia Union Elementary School, Lemon Cove, CA
This is the first one-third of the script:
Isosceles, a Greek hero
Equilateral, Isosceles’ horse
Scalene, the squire of Isosceles
Complementary Angle #1
Complementary Angle #2
Parallel Line #1
Parallel Line #2
Man on the Flying Trapezoid
and a CHORUS composed of all students who are not playing roles
on stage at the time.
CHORUS (loudly; whenever the CHORUS speaks, it booms): We are the
We know everything about geometry. But almost nothing about squirrels. So
pay careful attention to our wise words.
STORYTELLER: Isosceles, a Greek hero, rides in on his horse, Equilateral.
Scalene the Squire runs in after them, out of breath.
ISOSCELES: We will rest here, my comrades.
EQUILATERAL: Thank goodness. You’ve put on some weight since
ISOSCELES: All mental muscle, my good steed. I’ve been doing
Sudoku as we
ride and my brain has no doubt expanded.
EQUILATERAL: That’s an interesting theory. And by “interesting” I
ISOSCELES (looking around): This is a strange land, isn’t it, Scalene?
SCALENE: Not as strange as a talking horse, sir.
ISOSCELES: Gadzooks, Scalene, you’ve got to adjust. We’ve
for two months and all you can talk about is the horse.
SCALENE: He speaks English! Better than me! It ain’t natural.
ISOSCELES: This is Greek mythology, my fine fellow. And we are on
You must be prepared for the unusual.
EQUILATERAL: Speaking of which—some odd-looking natives are approaching.
You should inquire as to our location.
SCALENE: See? I ask ya—where’d a horse get that vocabulary?
It gives me the
ISOSCELES (to ANGLES): Greetings. I am Isosceles of Sparta,
the famous Greek hero you have perhaps heard about.
RIGHT ANGLE: Nope.
STRAIGHT ANGLE: Who?
ACUTE ANGLE: Sorry.
OBTUSE ANGLE: Huh?
ISOSCELES: This is my squire, Scalene, and my trusty steed, Equilateral.
RIGHT ANGLE: Hey, you guys are all triangles!
STRAIGHT ANGLE: Yeah! You’ve got two equal sides and two congruent angles.
ISOSCELES (outraged): I beg your pardon!
ACUTE ANGLE: And your horse here has three equal sides.
EQUILATERAL: I am a well-balanced stud.
OBTUSE (pointing to SCALENE): But this little fellow is
all over the place—nothing looks the same.
CHORUS: A scalene triangle has no congruent sides or angles.
SCALENE: Who said that? You got talking trees in this place? Because
do, I’m outta here.
OBTUSE: Nah, that’s just the rest of the class. They get antsy
once in a
while and have to shout stuff at us. You’ll get used to it.
ISOSCELES: Enough of this silly triangle talk. We are on a great quest.
What is this place?
RIGHT ANGLE: This is Angle Land. I am Right Angle.
SCALENE: Really? Like you’ve never been a wrong angle?
RIGHT ANGLE: It means I measure 90 degrees.
SCALENE: Oh. I had a temperature of 110 degrees once. My mother cooked
pancakes on my face.
CHORUS: These degrees are a unit of angular measurement.
SCALENE: They’re not going to do that all the way through
our quest, are they? It’s getting on my nerves.
STRAIGHT ANGLE: I measure 180
degrees. I am Straight Angle.
ISOSCELES: No offense, but you look like a line.
STRAIGHT ANGLE: I get that all the time.
ACUTE ANGLE: And I am Acute Angle.
SCALENE: Now wait just a minute. You can’t go boasting to everyone that…
EQUILATERAL: Don’t say it, Scalene. An acute angle is less than 90 degrees.
OBTUSE ANGLE: And I’m, uh, well…uh…I’m… don’t tell me…uh…
RIGHT ANGLE: This is our brother, Obtuse.
OBTUSE: Yeah, that’s it. I’m Obtuse. I’m greater
than 90 degrees. I rock.
STRAIGHT ANGLE: You know, we Angles have a close
relationship with you triangles.
ISOSCELES: I am NOT a triangle. I am Isosceles, a great Greek hero
Sparta! And we are on a quest.
STRAIGHT ANGLE: Not this quest thing again.
ISOSCELES: If you would just listen for a moment I shall…
STORYTELLER: Two Complementary Angles enter, speaking loudly to each other,
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #1 (pointing to ISOSCELES):
Well look at THIS handsome hero!
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #2: And his horse! Have you
ever seen a more magnificent animal?
EQUILATERAL: Who are YOU?
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #1: We are complementary angles. We compliment.
CHORUS: Complementary angles are two angles that add up to 90 degrees.
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #2: Absolutely. These people are geniuses!
EQUILATERAL: I think you have misunderstood your entire definition.
comp-LEH-mentary angles, not comp-LIH-mentary.
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #1: Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant.
(TWO ANGLES start to exit.)
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #2: We shall have to tell the Supplementary Angles.
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #1: Excellent idea. I must compliment you.
COMPLEMENTARY ANGLE #2: I knew you would.
(This concludes the first one-third of the script.)
Click on the song name to hear samples. Please note that internet song samples have low fidelity and rest assured that the CDs we sell sound much better! (This player requires Flash. If you have any trouble hearing the samples, just contact us for help.)
1. Penta Hexa Octa Nona Deca
2. I Don't Like Pi
Common Core and Other National Standards
- Common Core Reading Standards for Literature: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
- Common Core Reading Standards: Foundational Skills:
- Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards: Comprehension and Collaboration - 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
- Common Core Language Standards: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use -3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
- Common Core Standard 10: Range, Quality & Complexity:
- National Music Standards 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standard 1 for 5th-8th
- National Theater Standards 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 for K-4th, Standards 2 and 6 for 5th-8th
- National Dance Standards 1 and 2 for K-4th
General Vocabulary Building
no offense, but…
knights of the round table
it’s Greek to me
to be square
a la mode