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Ocean explorers or mathematicians research the wreck of the CSS H.L. Hunley. They investigate the actual dimensions of the Hunley using math and measuring skills. Afterward, they sketch a large scale drawing of the submarine outdoors on the black top. Assessment questions and an answer key provided. Go deep with this lesson!
Sixth graders examine a blue print and discuss the reasoning behind using blue prints. In this proportionality lesson, students collaborate with their teammates to create a scale drawing. Once that is complete, 6th graders write a journal entry explaining the different ways to use a scale drawing.
Middle schoolers explore the Pythagorean theorem, and analyze characteristics of two- and three-dimensional shapes. They use this knowledge to create a scale drawing of a plan to construct a triangular raised bed garden for an outdoor classroom. Each group presents their particular plan to the entire class. Terrific worksheets, rubrics, and website links are all embedded in the plan to help you implement it successfully.
Aspiring astronomers solve problems involving mixed units of the same attribute, including time, money, length, and area. They convert large numbers into scientific notation, then compute and compare ratios to explain why drawing completely accurate scale drawings of the solar system is not feasible. An interdisciplinary approach to teaching math!
Students analyze and begin to design a pyramid. Working in engineering teams, they perform calculations to determine the area of the pyramid base, stone block volumes, and the number of blocks required for their pyramid base. They make a scaled drawing of the pyramid using graph paper.
Ninth and tenth graders calculate the length, width, height, perimeter, area, volume, surface area, angle measures or sums of angle measures of common geometric figures. They solve problems involving scale drawings, models, maps or blueprints, as well as solve problems using indirect measurement by choosing appropriate technology instruments, and/or formulas.
Designers measure their own rooms and produce a scale drawing. They use the Internet to visit sites to find the costs of purchasing new carpet, paint, or anything else they would like to add to their room. Using a $1500 budget, they will also create a spreadsheet to report the costs of their items.
Scale drawings are an easy and plausible way to represent large things, such as roads and buildings, on paper. This tutorial explains what a scale drawing is and uses the example of a house to demonstrate how a scale drawing works. It does not explain how to solve the final proportion; however, that is not the objective of the video. A clear description of the concept.
Fifth graders make and interpret scale drawings. In this scale drawing instructional activity, 5th graders investigate how scale is used in movies such as "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and when making maps. They make a movie prop using a scale drawing. They use actions figures as they work in groups to draw the movie scene.
Students describe the differences between an estimate and a guess. They create reasonable estimates based on comparison and activities. Students explain how estimation is helpful in showing the relative size on a scale. They also present other examples where scale drawings are used.
For this moon image worksheet, students determine the scale of an image taken by the LRO satellite of the Apollo 11 landing site. Students calculate the sun's angle at the time of the photograph using the shadow of the Lunar Lading Module, trigonometry and a scaled drawing. They also determine if their are boulders present in this area that are larger than 1 meter across.
Proportions are ratios found using multiplication or division. Middle schoolers solve measurement problems, find a figure's missing dimension, and find the distance between two points. Resource features four lesson plans with detailed procedures, and hands on materials to elucidate and practice the concepts.