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ALEX Learning Activities
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Learning Target Exit Slip: Perimeter and Area on the Coordinate Plane
Description:

In this activity, students will complete an exit slip using Google Forms. Students will begin the activity by rating their understanding of computing perimeters of polygons and the area of triangles and rectangles in the coordinate plane. Finally, students will respond to a short answer question in order to demonstrate mastery of the content standard.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Word Expert: Perimeter and Area on the Coordinate Plane
Description:

In this activity, students will work in groups to create posters using Google Slides. Each poster will demonstrate an understanding of geometry words/skills that are prerequisites for computing the perimeters of polygons and the area of triangles in the coordinate plane. Students will complete this activity by providing constructive feedback to their peers via a virtual gallery walk.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Perimeter and Area on the Coordinate Plane
Description:

In this lesson, students will use the distance formula and dynamic geometry software to compute the perimeter and area of polygons. Students will use the distance formula to calculate the length of each side of the given polygon.  Students will then compute the perimeter and area of each polygon.  All computations will be verified using a Geogebra applet.

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

ALEX Learning Activities: 3

ALEX Classroom Resources
Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Geometry Module 4, Topic A: Rectangular and Triangular Regions Defined by Inequalities
URL: https://www.engageny.org/resource/geometry-module-4-topic-a-overview
Description:

The module opens with a modeling challenge (G-MG.A.1, G-MG.A.3) that reoccurs throughout the lessons. Students use coordinate geometry to program the motion of a robot bound in a polygonal region (a room) of the plane. MP.4 is highlighted throughout this module as students transition from the verbal tasks to determining how to use coordinate geometry, algebra, and graphical thinking to complete the task. The modeling task varies in each lesson as students define regions, constrain motion along with segments, rotating motion, and move through a real-world task of programming a robot. While this robot moves at a constant speed and its motion are very basic, it allows students to see the usefulness of the concepts taught in this module and put them in context.

In Lesson 1, students use the distance formula and previous knowledge of angles to program a robot to search a plane. Students impose a coordinate system and describe the movement of the robot in terms of line segments and points. In Lesson 2, students graph inequalities and discover that a rectangular or triangular region (G-GPE.B.7) in the plane can be defined by a system of algebraic inequalities (A-REI.D.12). In Lesson 3, students study lines that cut through these previously described regions. Students are given two points in the plane and a region and determine whether a line through those points meets the region. If it does, they describe the intersection as a segment and name the endpoints.

Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Geometry, Module 4, Topic C: Perimeters and Areas of Polygonal Regions in the Cartesian Plane
URL: https://www.engageny.org/resource/geometry-module-4-topic-c-overview
Description:

Lesson 9 begins Module 4, Topic C with students finding the perimeter of triangular regions using the distance formula and deriving the formula for the area of a triangle with vertices (G-GPE.B.7). Students are introduced to the “shoelace” formula for area and understand that this formula is useful because only the coordinates of the vertices of a triangle are needed. In Lesson 10, students extend the “shoelace” formula to quadrilaterals, showing that the traditional formulas are verified with general cases of the “shoelace” formula and even extend this work to other polygons (pentagons and hexagons). Students compare the traditional formula for area and area by decomposition of figures and see that the “shoelace” formula is much more efficient in some cases. This work with the “shoelace” formula is the high school Geometry version of Green’s theorem and subtly exposes students to elementary ideas of vector and integral calculus.

Lesson 11 concludes this work as the regions are described by a system of inequalities. Students sketch the regions, determine points of intersection (vertices), and use the distance formula to calculate perimeter and the “shoelace” formula to determine the area of these regions. Students return to the real-world application of programming a robot and extend this work to robots not just confined to straight-line motion but also motion bound by regions described by inequalities and defined areas.

ALEX Classroom Resources: 2