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New! Task: Miniature Golf
"Fore!" All right, no one really yells this out in miniature golf, but this well-defined activity will have your charges using lots of numbers in their unique design of a miniature golf hole. Included in the activity criteria is the geometric difficulty of scoring a hole-in-one, creative use of material, and best use of space. Designers need to include scale drawings of their designs complete with calculations and a report explaining the design. This a fantastic lesson that will get your kids motivated and thinking mathematically.
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!
Applying Proportionality in Scale Drawings
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.
What is a Scale Drawing?
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.
Growing in a Triangle
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.
Generate a Scale Drawing Using Fraction and Decimal Scale Factors
Incorporate fractions into scale drawings and show your learners that the steps are still the same. Have your mathematicians find the larger scale drawing when the scale factor is 2.5. The video goes over each step needed to find an accurate drawing and discusses common mistakes. Video is third in a five-part series. Use prior video for practice with whole number scale factors.
Students discuss the importance of scaling drawings. In this math lesson, students create a scaled drawing of circuit boards. They explain why accuracy is very important when scaling.
Learning Ratios and Proportions Through Scale Drawings
Middle and high schoolers explore the concept of scale drawings. They discuss what a scale is and that scales provide a ratio. Pupils construct a scale drawing of their classroom using graph paper.
Stack It Up!
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.
Build Your Dream Bedroom
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.
Play to Learn
Students design a new playground environment after reading an article from The New York Times. Students incorporate math into the playground design by using precise measurements and prepare a scale drawing with key.
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!
Introduction To Scale Drawings
Real-life math is really great! In groups, learners measure objects in the classroom. After comparing measurements, they determine a scale and create a blueprint of the classroom. They discuss the purpose of using scale drawings in real-world situations.
One Size Fits All?
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.
Supertall Skyscrapers-ID: 8679
Ninth graders explore scale drawings. In this Algebra I lesson, 9th graders use the Ti-nspire handheld to measure scale drawings of skyscrapers as they use cross-multiplication to solve for a variable in a proportion.
Building A Nation
Students build their own nation in groups where they create a name, flag, declaration of independence, form of government, mathematical layout, and more. In this nation lesson plan, students also provide a scale drawing of their nation using metric units.
LRO Sees Apollo 11 on the Moon!
In 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.
The Stained Glass Window
Students use centimeter rulers and the attached worksheet containing a scale drawing of a stained glass window. The actual measurements of the stained glass window are given, and students are asked to find the actual measurement of the regular decagon in the center.
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.
Understanding Proportions and Scale Drawings
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.