Geometry: Polygons A 10-Minute Mini Musical Play for Kids about Geometry
Ron Fink and John Heath
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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.
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 Chorus.
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 we left
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 mean
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 been traveling
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 a quest.
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 if you
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 from
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. You are
comp-LEH-mentary angles, not comp-LIH-mentary.