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TITLE: Introduction to Geometry (area)

GRADE LEVELS: 5-7

AUTHOR: Mrs. Shannon T. Schlosser

SCHOOL: Norwell Middle School

DISTRICT: Northern Wells Community Schools

APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):

TIME REQUIRED: 3 class periods

OBJECTIVES:

STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFICIENCIES:

MATERIALS and RESOURCES:

PREPARATION:

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Organize students into pairs.
  2. Student pairs should use scrap paper to practice determining the areas for different squares and rectangles (banners and flags).
  3. Student pairs should brainstorm various sizes and shapes to achieve specific areas given by the teacher (suggestion: 48 sq. in - banners could be 2x24, 3x16, 4x12, or 6x8 and flags could be 4x24, 6x16, 8x12, or 12x8). Hint: Encourage students to come up with solutions that could be realistically used for banners & flags (for instance: not 1x48)
  4. Once a pair of students agree on a size and shape of their flag or banner, they should draw the outline, and cut it out.
  5. Students can use the Internet references above to expand their knowledge of geometry, and of flags & coats of arms that might be useful in their designs.
  6. Students should include a written description of their finished product

STUDENT ASSESSMENT:

  1. Assign points to each part of the activity, with the most assigned to the correct dimensions and measurements.
  2. The neatness of their work, and the quality of their written explanation.
  3. Ability to work successfully with their partner.

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