Approximately a week ago I was paging through my math curriculum. Through a pre-assessment I found that students were in need of a review on angle classification and measuring skills. The curriculum lessons offered a number of worksheets and angle measuring drills. Although these lessons seemed beneficial, I felt the need to create a more memorable learning experience for my math students. At this point, I decided to search for measurement projects. While following #mathchat, I came across this Edgalaxy site. The project seemed to match many of the objectives that needed strengthening in my class. I changed up the directions and modified some specifics in order to best meet the needs of my students.
So … a week has passed and almost all of the projects are complete. I listed the project steps below. Feel free to use any of the ideas below in your own classroom.
1. Had out the direction sheet. Here is a Word template (via Google Docs) for your use.
2. Review many of the different vocabulary words associated with the project: acute, obtuse, right, parallel, perpendicular, trapezoid, etc.
3. Show possible examples. I tend to show just a few examples as I don’t want to give them a mini golf course to copy.
4. Group the students into pairs. If you prefer, this project could be implemented as a collaborative group activity.
5. Students choose their construction paper color (11″ x 20″)
6. Students draft their course in pencil (on grid paper). The draft gets approved by the teacher and then is transfered to scale on construction paper.
7. Students present their final projects to the class.