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   View Standards     Standard(s): [MA2019] REG-7 (7) 18 :
18. Construct geometric shapes (freehand, using a ruler and a protractor, and using technology), given a written description or measurement constraints with an emphasis on constructing triangles from three measures of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle.
Subject: Mathematics (7)
Title: Grade 7 Mathematics Module 6, Topic B: Constructing Triangles

In Module 6, Topic B, students work extensively with a ruler, compass, and protractor to construct geometric shapes, mainly triangles (7.G.A.2). The use of a compass is new (e.g., how to hold it, and how to create equal segment lengths). Students use the tools to build triangles, provided given conditions, such as side length and the measurement of the included angle (MP.5). Students also explore how changes in arrangement and measurement affect a triangle, culminating in a list of conditions that determine a unique triangle. Students understand two new concepts about unique triangles. They learn that under a condition that determines a unique triangle: (1) a triangle can be drawn and (2) any two triangles drawn under the condition will be identical. It is important to note that there is no mention of congruence in the CCSS until Grade 8, after a study of rigid motions. Rather, the focus of Topic B is developing students’ intuitive understanding of the structure of a triangle. This includes students noticing the conditions that determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle (7.G.A.2), and understanding what makes triangles unique requires understanding what makes them identical.

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