# Basic Construction Teacher Resources

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9th - 12th

Students find a way to locate that center on regular polygons other than a triangle. They create sketches, print them, glue them to poster board, and try to balance the polygon at the proposed center point. They submit a written summary of their plan.

#### FREE STANDING STRUCTURE

4th - 8th

Students demonstrate basic construction skills by building a free standing structure. They compute the cost of the structure.

#### Free Standing Structure

4th - 8th

Students demonstrate basic construction skills by building a free standing structure, using predetermined materials. They compute cost of structure by using multiplication skills or calculator.

#### Identifying and Using Tools

6th - 12th

How can you teach a person about technology and engineering if he has never been exposed to the tools and devices used to create and construct? Learners with visual impairments examine a number of common tools, such as hammers, wrenches, C-clamps, and screwdrivers. They feel each tool, discuss its purpose, and then use it. This is a great way to help learners conceptualize what tools are, which will help them build a complete understanding of the world around them.

#### Copying an Angle

9th - 12th

High schoolers will investigate geometric construction in this geometry lesson. Your pupils can explore the basic construction of copying an angle, using the constructions tools of Cabri Jr.

#### Teaching Construction in the Field

9th - 11th

Valuable skills and knowledge are acquired by building framed structures in the school parking lot.

#### Pop Can Hero Engine

9th - 12th

Hang a soda can from a string and watch it spin by the force created by water streaming out of slanted holes. This plan provides background information, detailed materials and procedures, discussion questions, a lab worksheet, and extensions. Six pages give you everything you need to teach the concepts of Newton's third law of motion to your physics fanatics!

#### Preparation and Transition to Two-Column Proofs

10th - 11th

Students investigate proofs used to solve geometric problems. In this geometry lesson, students read about the history behind early geometry and learn how to write proofs correctly using two columns. The define terminology valuable to proofs such as deductive and inductive reasoning.

#### Blowing Ballast

5th - 8th

Oceanographers participate in a memorable hands on experience about buoyancy. They build a model of a submersible using a plastic bottle and a balloon. Afterward, they answer assessment questions. An answer key and some terrific extension ideas are provided.

#### Free Standing Structures

4th - 6th

Students investigate how to create a free standing structure. In this mathematics lesson, small groups of students demonstate how to build the tallest structure while spending the least amount of money on materials.

#### Submarines: The Classroom Fleet

K - 2nd

Learners create a mural in their classroom featuring a fleet of their own model submarines and examples of marine life that might be encountered on a journey under the sea.

*The Carbon Cycle*, list places where carbon is found on Earth, brainstorm why carbon is important and play an online interactive game.

#### Transformations and Matrices

9th - 11th

There are four activities in this extensive lesson covering the identity matrix and scaling, the linear representation of translations, the linear representation of rotations, and reflections. In small groups, they use the Cabri II computer program to move objects and make observations. In their groups, they discuss, solve and answer worksheet questions for each activity.