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Title: What you know about the Bermuda Triangle?
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The basis of this lesson is for students to form a connection between the importance of geometry as it relates to the Bermuda Triangle. Students should think about the geographical locations and how they form a particular type of triangle. Within the triangle exists a relationship between the angles and the length of the sides. As the students reflect prior concepts and skills should come to mind to help them solve the problem. The ideas presented here can be used as the final lesson in a unit on triangles to summarize all that students have learned. Alternatively, the main problem from this lesson could be used as a final assessment activity for a unit on triangles.
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Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 10: Prove theorems about triangles. Theorems include measures of interior angles of a triangle sum to 180^{o}, base angles of isosceles triangles are congruent, the segment joining midpoints of two sides of a triangle is parallel to the third side and half the length, and the medians of a triangle meet at a point. [GCO10]
Subject: Mathematics (9  12)
Title: What you know about the Bermuda Triangle?
Description: The basis of this lesson is for students to form a connection between the importance of geometry as it relates to the Bermuda Triangle. Students should think about the geographical locations and how they form a particular type of triangle. Within the triangle exists a relationship between the angles and the length of the sides. As the students reflect prior concepts and skills should come to mind to help them solve the problem. The ideas presented here can be used as the final lesson in a unit on triangles to summarize all that students have learned. Alternatively, the main problem from this lesson could be used as a final assessment activity for a unit on triangles.
This is a College and CareerReady Standards showcase lesson plan.
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Title: Quadrilaterals
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This is an inquiry lesson used to review Algebra 1 objectives by applying them to geometry concepts. Students explore the properties of quadrilaterals and classify them by definition. This lesson can be use in geometry classes. Students in geometry classes can apply theorems and definitions of quadrilaterals rather than as an inquiry lesson.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [MA2013] AL1 (912) 20: Solve systems of linear equations exactly and approximately (e.g., with graphs), focusing on pairs of linear equations in two variables. [AREI6] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 24: Graph the solutions to a linear inequality in two variables as a halfplane (excluding the boundary in the case of a strict inequality), and graph the solution set to a system of linear inequalities in two variables as the intersection of the corresponding halfplanes. [AREI12] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1] [MA2013] GEO (912) 9: Prove theorems about lines and angles. Theorems include vertical angles are congruent; when a transversal crosses parallel lines, alternate interior angles are congruent and corresponding angles are congruent; and points on a perpendicular bisector of a line segment are exactly those equidistant from the segment's endpoints. [GCO9] [MA2013] GEO (912) 11: Prove theorems about parallelograms. Theorems include opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent; the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other; and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals. [GCO11] [MA2013] GEO (912) 30: Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically. [GGPE4] [MA2013] GEO (912) 31: Prove the slope criteria for parallel and perpendicular lines, and use them to solve geometric problems (e.g., find the equation of a line parallel or perpendicular to a given line that passes through a given point). [GGPE5] [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama) [MA2013] (8) 23: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system. [8G8] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1] [MA2013] (8) 23: Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system. [8G8] [MA2013] GEO (912) 1: Know precise definitions of angle, circle, perpendicular line, parallel line, and line segment based on the undefined notions of point, line, distance along a line, and distance around a circular arc. [GCO1]
Subject: Mathematics (8  12)
Title: Quadrilaterals
Description: This is an inquiry lesson used to review Algebra 1 objectives by applying them to geometry concepts. Students explore the properties of quadrilaterals and classify them by definition. This lesson can be use in geometry classes. Students in geometry classes can apply theorems and definitions of quadrilaterals rather than as an inquiry lesson.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Discovering Pick's Theorem
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This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through an investigation of Pick's Theorem using geoboards.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] ALC (912) 11: Use ratios of perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar figures to solve applied problems. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Discovering Pick's Theorem
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through an investigation of Pick's Theorem using geoboards. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Location, Location, Location
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In this Illuminations lesson, students use a dynamic geometry applet to investigate the relationship between the distances from a point inside a regular polygon to each side. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12] [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama) [MA2013] GEO (912) 39: Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).* [GMG1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Location, Location, Location
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use a dynamic geometry applet to investigate the relationship between the distances from a point inside a regular polygon to each side. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Pinwheel
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In this Illuminations lesson, students create parallelograms from square sheets of paper and connect them to form an octagon. During the construction, students consider angle measures, segment lengths, and areas in terms of the original square. At the end of the lesson, the octagon is transformed into a pinwheel, and students discover a surprising result. There is also a link to a related activity sheet.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 3: Given a rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, or regular polygon, describe the rotations and reflections that carry it onto itself. [GCO3] [MA2013] GEO (912) 11: Prove theorems about parallelograms. Theorems include opposite sides are congruent, opposite angles are congruent; the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other; and conversely, rectangles are parallelograms with congruent diagonals. [GCO11] [MA2013] GEO (912) 33: Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.* [GGPE7] [MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pinwheel
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students create parallelograms from square sheets of paper and connect them to form an octagon. During the construction, students consider angle measures, segment lengths, and areas in terms of the original square. At the end of the lesson, the octagon is transformed into a pinwheel, and students discover a surprising result. There is also a link to a related activity sheet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12

