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L. Dodge

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Outside Activities
Posted: Jul 16, 1995 1:31 PM
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In a previous article, (Martha W Merson ALRI)) says:
>>I teach an intensive summer geometry class in Santa Cruz, CA. It's 4
>>hours a day and the kids and I are suffering from the heat. Any
>>suggestions on what we can do at the beach that I can relate to geometry.
>>( We are going to start similar triangles on Monday)

Locate Town A and Town B with a small heap of rocks and challenge your
students to find the best location along the shore to locate a pumping
station so that the combined distances from pumping station to town A plus
the distance from pumping station to town B is a minimum.>>
Similar triangles is one possible way of solving this problem.

Do some huge geometric constructions with string as the compass and sticks
as the pencils.

Bring a whole bunch of "junk" containers...plastic bottles, tin cans,
sandwich keepers. Challenge the students to arrange them in order from
largest volume to smallest volume and devise a way to test whether their
arrangement was correct. You could give several groups the same type of
containers and have the groups work independently for a while and then
compare results.

Linda Dodge
Math Consultant
Frontier Regional High School
South Deerfield, MA

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