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Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Characteristics of Quadrilaterals
Description: Students will begin unit on quadrilaterals with basic overview of characteristics of parallelograms, rectangles, squares, rhombi, and isosceles and non-isosceles trapezoids.  After the word wall is made, the teacher can use interactive websites to reinforce concepts.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: What do we have in Common?  Discover the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals.
Description: This inquiry lesson explores the definitions of quadrilaterals and the properties of the diagonals of quadrilaterals to classify quadrilaterals. Students will work cooperatively to justify conclusions. This lesson plan was created by exemplary Alabama Math Teachers through the AMSTI project.


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.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title: Trapezoids: What's Equal or Right About Them?
Description: This lesson will examine the properties of two trapezoids - isosceles and right. The lesson will then use the properties to solve deeper analytical problems.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Geometrica Fights Back!
Description: This activity is designed to give students practice with the properties of special quadrilaterals (parallelograms, rectangles, rhombuses, squares, trapezoids, and kites). The students are provided with a "murder mystery" sheet with descriptions of each "suspect" and a "line-up" of twelve suspects (different quadrilaterals with their properties). The students must decide which suspect(s) from the line-up meets the description. The "guilty" quadrilateral will be discovered at the end of the activity.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Interactive Geometry Dictionary: Areas in Geometry      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, demonstrates how to find the area of three common shapes. Interactive investigations demonstrate finding the area of a rectangle, parallelogram, and triangle.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Diagonals to Quadrilaterals      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students start with the diagonals and deduce the type of quadrilateral that surrounds them. Using an applet, students explore certain characteristics of diagonals and the quadrilaterals that are associated with them.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Diagonals and Quadrilaterals Overhead      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, is used to record students' findings as they explain which quadrilaterals are possible with different diagonal relationships.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Think of a Quadrilateral      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible transparency, from an Illuminations lesson, asks students to draw and describe a quadrilateral constructed from two perpendicular diagonals.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Diagonals and Quadrilaterals Answer Key      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible answer sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, contains sample results and conclusions for an activity in which students explain which quadrilaterals are possible with different diagonal relationships.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Pinwheel      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Mathematics
Title: IGD: Area of a Parallelogram      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students understand and investigate how to find the area of the parallelogram if they already know how to find the area of a rectangle. Students divide the parallelogram into pieces, arrange them together to form a rectangle, and then use the formula for the area of a rectangle to find the area of the parallelogram.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Shape Sorter Tool      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to sort shapes based on their properties using a Venn diagram. Students can choose from various arrangements of Venn diagrams, including those with two or three circles and then place different shapes on their chosen diagram.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: All in the Family       Add Bookmark
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students use a dynamic geometry applet to conjecture about the relationships between characteristics of a square: side length, diagonal length, perimeter, and area. Students use graphs to represent functional relationships between two characteristics, such as diagonal length as a function of perimeter. In addition, there are links to online activities, reproducibles, and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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