Geometry: Planning the last 6 weeks

The last six weeks of geometry will focus on similarity, dilatation, indirect measurement, similarity transformation proofs, and circles:

We will start with a review of real world ratio and proportion practice, interactive notes page & review, possible including activities such as New York Minute (NCTM Illuminations).

We will then head into applying the properties of proportion to geometric figures in discovering and defining similarity as described in the investigation activities in Discovering Geometry.We will complete an interactive notes page and practice. We will use similarity to measure tall objects using a mirror and measuring tape with indirect measurement. It is also an excuse to get outside, since it is getting warmer out and we are all developing cabin fever.

I am hoping we will have time to incorporate the Math Assessment Project‘s lesson: Solving Geometry Problems: Floodlights (MARS).

I am very excited to try to channel my inner Fawn by spending 2 days on Letting Them Own the Problem applying similar triangle properties.

We will explore & discover properties of dilatation’s with the Flip Family (page 13 of this pdf), followed by an interactive notes page and practice. I am just going to have to create a Dilatation Station Rotation because that has a fun name (and students will need some practice).

The scariest part for me will be attempting to teach similarity proofs through transformations as describes by Kate Nowak here. Hopefully, at the least we will all learn something.

Next we will discover & apply the relationship between similarity and proportions with area and volume through discovery activities, interactive notes and this little gem.

Then we are on to a short excursion into circles. We will begin with developing an understanding of radian measure, followed by a 3 act lesson by Mr Stadel. I plan to dedicate a few days on the Math Assessment Project’s Sector of Circles lesson. We will also do the 3 act lesson be Dan Meyer: Lucky Cow.

I plan to end the school year with a Modeling project adapted for my students to be more self directed: rolling cups.

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Day 97: Study Sessions & finish Quiz

For some reason, the other day I was having a blast re-reading all of the posts listed on the MTBoS weebly site. This post in particular seemed to fit exactly what I was thinking!

Since Friday was shortened due to the 2 hour delay, students needed more time to finish their assessment over slope, distance & midpoint learning targets. They had time to start their quizzes on Friday, so over the weekend I looked at the quizzes and assigned students to study sessions based on their highest area of need. I took students who are superstars and assigned them to be the leader of a group. I created 1/2 sheets of problems for each group to work on and I set a timer for 15 minutes while I circulated and they worked HARD!

Then I gave everyone back their ungraded quizzes and gave them about 15 minutes to finish it. They all found errors and were happy to have the chance to improve their work before they turned it in to be graded. I am happy there will be less reassessments to manage later!