# Interior angles of polygons ```Lesson Plan Guide
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*TITLE:
Interior angles of polygons
*Annotation
Students will use GSP to create polygons, find the sum of the degrees of the interior angles, and
compare them to the number of sides in the figure. This lesson will be a hands-on activity.
*Primary Learning Outcome:
The students will be able to determine the sum of the interior angles of any polygon given the
number of sides. If it is a regular polygon, students will be able to determine the number of
degrees in each angle. What is the sum of the interior angles of a regular polygon with n sides?
How many degrees are in each angle?
What is a polygon? What does it mean for a polygon to be regular? Students should have a
working knowledge of how to create figures and how to measure angles using GSP.
*Assessed QCC:
 The learner will be able to apply the property that the sum of the interior angles of a
triangle is 180 degrees in order to obtain problem solutions.
GA QCC #22 – Eighth grade
QCC #28 – Pre- Algebra
 Determine the formula for the sum of the interior angles of a regular polygon.
Non-Assessed QCC:
Classify triangles according to the measures of their angles.
Relate the number of sides of a polygon to the number of diagonals from one vertex
*Total Duration:
Approximately 2 hours. Students will need time to get instructions, explore examples, and make
conclusions. Teacher needs to make sure that a class discussion of discoveries is conducted to
conclude the activity.
*Materials and Equipment:
Computer with GSP
Paper and Pencil
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Technology Connection:
GSP
Procedures:
Step One
Students will go to a computer and open GSP. They will create a three-sided figure by making
three points on the sheet and connecting them with line segments. They will then calculate the
degrees in each angle and add them. Students will create a table on their paper and record the
number of sides and the sum of the angles.
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 5 minutes
Step Two
Students will create figures of four, five and six-sides. They will measure the angles of each and
find the sum of the interior angles.
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 20 minutes
Step Four
Students will calculate the difference between the sides and the sum of the interior angles.
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 5 minutes
Step Five
Students will derive a formula for finding the sum of the interior angle of any polygon
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 30 minutes
Step Six
Students will test their theory by constructing several examples in GSP to confirm their thoughts.
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 30 minutes
Step Seven
Class discussion of discoveries made through investigations
Estimated Time:
This step should take about 30 minutes
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*Assessment:
Teacher will assess this lesson through observing the activity as students work and determining if
students arrived at the correct formula for finding the sum of the interior angles of a polygon.
Teachers could quiz students by giving them a quiz with different polygons that students must
determine the sum of the interior angles.
Extension:
Would the formula change if the polygon were concave? How do the interior angles compare to
the exterior angles? What is the sum of the exterior angles?
Accommodation:
Students could work in pairs. Students could be directed to look for triangles that would be
created by connecting one vertex to every other vertex and comparing the number of triangles
with the number of sides. (Hint: How many degrees are in a triangle?)
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