"Search and Rescue, Part II" Teacher Support
Search and Rescue, Part II Archived PoW || Student Version
Search and Rescue, Part II is no longer the current ESCOT Problem of the Week. The student version allows teachers to use the problem with their students without giving the students access to the archived answers. Teachers can use the link to the archived problem to get ideas of student thinking.
Search and Rescue, Part II is a continuation of Part I, which asked students to explore concepts of degrees and angles based on a helicopter flight school theme. In Part II students are applying what they learned in Part I to another situation.
This ESCOT PoW could be used as an exploration of angles, degrees, distance, and headings.
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Alignment to the NCTM Standards - Grades 6-8
- understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems Geometry
- use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems
- apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements
- solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts
- communicate mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others
- use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely
- recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics.
- This ESCOT PoW is related to a very interesting set of mathematics questions on finding optimal boundary lines. Here is one simple example:
Provide students with this question: There are three schools in a town, indicated in the diagram by x, y, and z. You want to draw up town boundaries so that each student is closest to his or her own school. How would you draw the boundaries?
- Logo activities: since Logo is a computer programming language based on a "turtle" turning right or left and traveling forward or backward, there are a lot of good Logo activities involving heading and distance.
The Logo Foundation has a listing of Public Domain and Research Versions of Logo (scroll to the lower half of the page), including: rLogo by Randall P. Embry - Check out the Web-based rLogo Tutorial
- Ask Dr. Math Archives: Ratio and Proportion
- flight plan