Arts ESU2
Visual Arts, Mathematics
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Lesson Plan
Middle School
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Flextangle Fun

Flextangle Fun


This resource was created by Heidi Meyers, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education and making art materials available to participating schools.


Lesson Title: Flextangle Fun
Content Area: MathFine Arts Area: Visual Arts
Grade Level: 7th/8thTeacher: Heidi Meyers
Standards and Alignment

Content Area Standard:

MA 7.3.3.b Solve real-world problems involving surface area and volume of composite shapes made from rectangular and triangular prisms

MA 8.3.3.d Determine the volume of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and solve real-world problems using volumes.

Fine Arts Standard:

FA 8.2.1.d Investigate and apply relationshipsbetween elements of art and principles of design to brainstorm visual possibilities (e.g.,consider a variety of images and determine how line and value create emphasis in art).

Key Vocabulary: Geometric Solid
  • Face
  • Edge
  • Vertex/Vertices
  • Net
  • Surface area
  • Volume
Materials List:
  • Flextangle template
  • Elements of Visual Art handout
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Grade checklist
  • Pencils


Lesson Delivery
  1. Before this art lesson, students will learn the vocabulary associated with geometric solids, how to find surface area, and how to find volume.
  2. Divide class into 2 or 3 groups, and give each group the Elements of Visual Art handout and a collection of notecards with examples.
  3. Read “What’s so great about the elements of art?” round robin or volunteer style with the class.
  4. Instruct students to lay out the seven elements of visual arts and match the examples with the appropriate terms. They may use the handout for help. (5 min.)
  5. Pass out the Flextangle Template and the Grade Checklist. Go through each step, explaining expectations. Check for understanding.
  6. Allow students ample work time. They may finish the next day if needed.
  7. While students are waiting for their flextangles to dry, they should fill out the self evaluation column on the grade checklist.
  8. Encourage students to share their flextangle designs with their classmates and make statements about it using elements of visual arts vocabulary.


Assessment and Reflection
Content Assessment:Arts Assessment:
Student Reflection:Teacher Reflection:



Visuals and Handouts
Flextangle TemplateElements of Visual Art (handout)Elements of Visual Art (examples 1)Elements of Visual Art (examples 2)Grade Checklist