Geo-Soccer

Do mathematicians make the best soccer players? Pupils use area formulas and circle theorems—chord-chord, secant-secant, and secant-tangent—to design strategies that maximize goal scoring. Along the way, they review scale drawing constructions and other geometry principles.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Team up with a physical education teacher for the project
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with properties of parallel and perpendicular lines, as well as how to apply area, surface area, and perimeter formulas in context
  • Resource recommends using geometry software, including Geometer's Sketchpad and various applets
  • Task requires various materials, but you should find most of them in the math classroom
Pros

  • Links within the project sheet connect to needed documents
  • Resource includes multiple rubrics, allowing for various scoring methods
Cons

  • Resource provides alignments only for West Virginia standards; teachers in other states will need to consult state and local standards