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Title: The Geometry Around Us
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This is an introduction to geometry with a technologybased project in which students will go out looking for geometric shapes in the world around them. Students will capture pictures or video of the objects they find using a digital camera/camcorder and put all of them together into a multimedia presentation. The students will then upload their projects to edmodo.com.
Standard(s): [MA2015] 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 (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: The Geometry Around Us
Description: This is an introduction to geometry with a technologybased project in which students will go out looking for geometric shapes in the world around them. Students will capture pictures or video of the objects they find using a digital camera/camcorder and put all of them together into a multimedia presentation. The students will then upload their projects to edmodo.com.
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Title: Let's Go Hunting!
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Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 scouring the campus for items of various shapes, sizes and angles. The items that students will be looking for are outlined on the rubric. Students will use technology to create a creative digital presentation representing all of their captured scenes. Students will work in class to create this presentation and then be prepared to present it on the assigned viewing date.
Standard(s): [MA2015] 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 (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Let's Go Hunting!
Description: Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 scouring the campus for items of various shapes, sizes and angles. The items that students will be looking for are outlined on the rubric. Students will use technology to create a creative digital presentation representing all of their captured scenes. Students will work in class to create this presentation and then be prepared to present it on the assigned viewing date.
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Title: I Can Determine The Height Of A Rocket!
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The lesson is intended to give students a fun realworld experience in applying their math skills. They will use trigonometric ratios to calculate heights of tall structures. They will also use the Internet to convert their calculations from standard to metric units and visa versa.
Standard(s): [MA2015] 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 (9  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: I Can Determine The Height Of A Rocket!
Description: The lesson is intended to give students a fun realworld experience in applying their math skills. They will use trigonometric ratios to calculate heights of tall structures. They will also use the Internet to convert their calculations from standard to metric units and visa versa.
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Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
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In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of threedimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 45 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 40: Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, British Thermal Units (BTUs) per cubic foot).* [GMG2]
Subject: Mathematics (7  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
Description: In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of threedimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 45 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.
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Title: Creating a Water Tank  Part II "Selling the Tank"
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Working in groups of 45 students will take the information,pictures and 3D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics (7  12), or Technology Education (9  12)
Title: Creating a Water Tank  Part II "Selling the Tank"
Description: Working in groups of 45 students will take the information,pictures and 3D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.
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Title: Swimming Pool Math
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Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.
Standard(s): [MA2015] (8) 24: Know the formulas for the volumes of cones, cylinders, and spheres, and use them to solve realworld and mathematical problems. [8G9]
Subject: Mathematics (6  12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.
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Title: Soda Cans
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This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, guides students through a simulation in which they try different arrangements to make the most efficient use of space and thus pack the most soda cans into a rectangular packing box.
Standard(s): [MA2015] ALC (912) 11: Use ratios of perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar figures to solve applied problems. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Soda Cans
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, guides students through a simulation in which they try different arrangements to make the most efficient use of space and thus pack the most soda cans into a rectangular packing box. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Circle Packing
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In this unit of three Illuminations lessons, students explore circles. In the first lesson students apply the concepts of area and circumference to explore arrangements for soda cans that lead to a more efficient package. In the second lesson they then experiment with threedimensional arrangements to discover the effect of gravity on the arrangement of soda cans. The final lesson allows students to examine the more advanced mathematical concept of curvature. There are also links to online interactives that are used in the lessons.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Circle Packing
Description: In this unit of three Illuminations lessons, students explore circles. In the first lesson students apply the concepts of area and circumference to explore arrangements for soda cans that lead to a more efficient package. In the second lesson they then experiment with threedimensional arrangements to discover the effect of gravity on the arrangement of soda cans. The final lesson allows students to examine the more advanced mathematical concept of curvature. There are also links to online interactives that are used in the lessons. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Circle Packing and Curvature
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In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the curvature of circles. Students apply definitions and theorems regarding curvature to solve circle problems. In addition, there are links to an online activity sheet and other related resources.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Circle Packing and Curvature
Description: In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate the curvature of circles. Students apply definitions and theorems regarding curvature to solve circle problems. In addition, there are links to an online activity sheet and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Cubes Everywhere
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In this Illuminations lesson, students use cubes to develop spatial thinking and review basic geometric principles through reallife applications. Students are given the opportunity to build and take apart structures based on cubes.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cubes Everywhere
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use cubes to develop spatial thinking and review basic geometric principles through reallife applications. Students are given the opportunity to build and take apart structures based on cubes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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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): [MA2015] 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: Percent Slope Tool
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This reproducible activity, from an Illuminations lesson, provides a template by which students can create a tool for calculating the slope of realworld inclines.
Standard(s): [MA2015] ALC (912) 2: Solve applicationbased problems by developing and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Percent Slope Tool
Description: This reproducible activity, from an Illuminations lesson, provides a template by which students can create a tool for calculating the slope of realworld inclines. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Soda Cans
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In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate various designs for packaging soda cans and use geometry to analyze their designs. Students work to create more efficient arrangements that require less packaging material than the traditional rectangular arrays. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Soda Cans
Description: In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students investigate various designs for packaging soda cans and use geometry to analyze their designs. Students work to create more efficient arrangements that require less packaging material than the traditional rectangular arrays. 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: Soda Rack
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In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students consider the arrangement of cans placed in a bin with two vertical sides and discover an interesting result. They then prove their conjectures about the interesting results. In addition, there are links to online activity sheets and other related resources.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Soda Rack
Description: In this lesson, one of a threepart unit from Illuminations, students consider the arrangement of cans placed in a bin with two vertical sides and discover an interesting result. They then prove their conjectures about the interesting results. 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: Triangula Island Overhead
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This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular polygon such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Triangula Island Overhead
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular polygon such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Triangula Island
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This student reproducible, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular triangle such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 41: Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost, working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).* [GMG3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Triangula Island
Description: This student reproducible, from an Illuminations lesson, contains an activity that asks students to conjecture the best location of a point inside a regular triangle such that the sum of the distances to each side is a minimum. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Building Height
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In this Illuminations lesson, students use a clinometer (a measuring device built from a protractor) and isosceles right triangles to find the height of a building. The class compares measurements, talks about the variation in their results, and selects the best measure of central tendency to report the most accurate height.
Standard(s): [MA2015] 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: Building Height
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use a clinometer (a measuring device built from a protractor) and isosceles right triangles to find the height of a building. The class compares measurements, talks about the variation in their results, and selects the best measure of central tendency to report the most accurate height. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Flowing Through Mathematics
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates water flowing from a tube through a hole in the bottom. The diameter of the hole can be adjusted and data can be gathered for the height or volume of water in the tube at any time.
Standard(s): [MA2015] ALC (912) 12: Create a model of a set of data by estimating the equation of a curve of best fit from tables of values or scatter plots. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Flowing Through Mathematics
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, simulates water flowing from a tube through a hole in the bottom. The diameter of the hole can be adjusted and data can be gathered for the height or volume of water in the tube at any time. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Fractal Tool
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, illustrates iteration graphically. Students can view preset iterations of various shapes and/or choose to create their own iterations.
Standard(s): [MA2015] AL1 (912) 35: Write arithmetic and geometric sequences both recursively and with an explicit formula, use them to model situations, and translate between the two forms.* [FBF2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Fractal Tool
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, illustrates iteration graphically. Students can view preset iterations of various shapes and/or choose to create their own iterations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Canada Data Map
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Investigate data for the Canadian provinces and territories with this interactive tool. Students can examine data sets contained within the interactive, or they can enter their own data.
Standard(s): [MA2015] GEO (912) 40: Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, British Thermal Units (BTUs) per cubic foot).* [GMG2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Canada Data Map
Description: Investigate data for the Canadian provinces and territories with this interactive tool. Students can examine data sets contained within the interactive, or they can enter their own data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12

