Scaling Away

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Help your class prevail when learning about scale! Introduce scale factors through a mixture of observation and calculation with an engaging instructional activity. Scholars examine scale models, create a hypothesis about scale factors, then measure the dimensions of their object to relate surface area to the ratio.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Include scale models of landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, and have learners determine the ratio
  • Have class members compare their conclusion statements and create a new statement from the best parts of each one
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils must be capable of computing both surface area and volume calculations before beginning the activity
Pros

  • The use of scale model toys makes for a great hook
  • Incorporates a lot of real-world knowledge and scenarios
Cons

  • The second activity's link does not provide access to the interactive
Common Core