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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Trapezoid

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From: Leware Toole <toole@ntws.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000062823:00:43
Subject: Re: Trapezoid

I tell my second and third grade math students that there is a trick
to remembering what a trapezoid looks like.  Imagine you have a
rectangle and you push the two sides toward each other at the top,
leaving a smaller top side.  It's like a trap because if  a "zoid"
comes along (being curious) and goes into the top (which is smaller),
he can't get out.  The bottom is larger, the sides are slanted and the
top is smaller.  Now you have trapped a zoid.  TRAPEZOID

Each student always remembers the shape of a trapezoid.	

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