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Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title: Falling Down a Rabbit Hole Can Lead to a King Sized Experience - Exploring Similar Figures Using Proportions
Description: In this lesson, students will explore the concept of similarity.  Students will first simplify ratios, solve proportions using the cross product property, and use properties of proportions to solve real-world problems.  Similar polygons will then be introduced and their properties used to solve real-world problems.  


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 real-world 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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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Covering the Plane with Rep-Tiles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Rep-tiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students experiment with various shapes and values of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Dihedral Figures      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will recognize dihedral symmetry and reflections in figures and examining various symmetries.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Relating Rotations to Symmetry      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students investigate the relationship between rotations and the symmetry in a figure or a design. They use an interactive Java applet to illustrate rotational symmetry and investigate cyclic designs and point symmetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Symmetries II      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Symmetries III      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand how translations work and what happens when two or more translations are applied one after the other. Students discover that all band ornaments have translational symmetry and all wallpaper patterns have translational symmetry in at least two directions.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Fractal Tool      Add Bookmark
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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