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Author: Connie Wheeler
System:Shelby County
School:Shelby County High School
Lesson Plan ID: 26249
Title:

A Piece of Pi

Overview/Annotation:

This lesson uses graphing to help students understand that pi is a constant and is the slope of the line graphed on a circumference vs. diameter graph.

This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.

Content Standard(s):
MA2013(9-12) Algebra22. Understand that the graph of an equation in two variables is the set of all its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane, often forming a curve (which could be a line). [A-REI10]
MA2013(9-12) Algebra45. Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. [S-ID6]
Local/National Standards:

(NCTM)

1. Understand patterns, relations, and functions

• analyze functions of one variable by investigating rates of change, intercepts, zeros, asymptotes, and local and global behavior;

• interpret representations of functions of two variables

2. Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols

• use symbolic algebra to represent and explain mathematical relationships

3. Use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships

• identify essential quantitative relationships in a situation and determine the class or classes of functions that might model the relationships

Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will graph data points on a graph and draw the "best fit line". The students will calculate the slope of the line.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

The students will develop the concept that the slope of the line graphed will be pi.

Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 31 to 60 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

 Graph paper, pencils, various round objects, measuring tape, paper

 

Technology Resources Needed:

OPTIONAL presentations

document camera could be used  for presentation

LCD projector could be used for presentation of graph paper

Background/Preparation:

Teacher will need to gather materials together and have plenty available for measurements along with other materials.

Students will need graphing skills and knowledge of best-fit line and slope.

Procedures/Activities:

1. Students should be placed into cooperative groups.

2. Each group should be supplied with several round objects to measure and a measuring tape.

3. The students should perform the measurements and record each (worksheet Graphing CvsD Activity)

4. Graph the data collected on a circumference vs diameter graph.

5. Draw a line of best fit.

6. Use the line of best fit and calculate the slope.

7. Draw conclusions based on the value obtained for the slope.  Write an equation for the line.


Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. rubriccvsdline.xls
GraphingCvsDActivity.doc
Assessment Strategies:

The worksheet can be graded for accuracy and use the rubric c vs d attached for group participation and graph.

Extension:

Students can graph circumference vs radius to determine changes in the graph.  Graph paper would be needed.

Remediation:

Online worksheets are available for graphing review.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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