After a few days working on surface area, I wanted to challenge my students and address the standard listed below by with a task that applied area in a different context. I debated about using this task because I couldn't envision how I would engage students and encourage them to persist in proving that a … Continue reading Squares, Area & The Pythagorean theorem

# Pythagorean theorem

# The Diamond Building

I adapted Jeff De Varona's Diamond Building lesson into a 3-act task, but instead of having act 3 be a reveal of the actual height, I had students calculate the height a second way to confirm their results. It took 2 short class periods (about 40 mins each) with my struggling students, but it may be able to be … Continue reading The Diamond Building

# Day 89: Finishing taco cart

A member of our school board came in to observe unexpectedly today & I appeared to know what I was doing! Differentiating, students discussing! Whew.

# Day 88: Taco Cart! Woo Hooo!

My favorite part of the intro to Taco Cart is when I asked students what information they needed, I'll only tell them 2 things, and they debated for about 5 minutes. A few students thought the weather would be a factor. Their peers were furious. They decided the distances are more important. We only got … Continue reading Day 88: Taco Cart! Woo Hooo!

# Day 85: Viewmongus Awesomesauce

Today was so fun! We did a warm up reviewing Pythagorean theorem, then as a class, we worked through finding the dimensions of the 55" television at the beginning of act 2. Students then worked in small groups to answer and discuss whether an 80" TV is really more then double the area of a … Continue reading Day 85: Viewmongus Awesomesauce

# Day 81: Pythagorean theorem exploration

Hopefully this makes the relationship between the Pythagorean theorem & right triangles stick! We started today & will take notes & practice tomorrow. Borrowed & adapted from Dan Meyer's archives, week 25.