What Is the Slope of the Stairs in Front of the School?

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Step up to the challenge of finding the slope of stairs. Groups measure the rise and run of a set of stairs. They share their data with the rest of the class to determine a class average for the slope of the stairs.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils brainstorm other situations where the slope formula may be useful in a journal entry
Classroom Considerations

  • If stairs are not available in front of the school, have learners investigate indoor stairs or stairs of a local building
  • Activity requires measuring equipment, such as metric rulers or measuring tape
Pros

  • Includes detailed instructions for the lesson
  • Teenagers will appreciate the opportunity to leave the classroom
Cons

  • Does not provide any worksheets or handouts