Direct Instruction,Experiential Learning,Video,Interactive Instruction,Presentation (PowerPoint)
Mathematics,Arts,English Language Arts
Milpitas Unified School District
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The students will be creating a presentation about how geometry is used in our community with three dimensional objects. This allows the students to se their text formulas on structures in our local community.
SWBAT to use forumals on real world objects to measure volume and capacity.
The students will work in groups to create a visual presentation of the use of geometry in our community. The students will be using available technology to take photographs of structures (such as water tanks) to use for applying their knowledge of formulas. This presentation will require Language Arts writing skills as well as Art skills in creating a complete presentation about this structure and its importance in our community, especially in a natural disaster.
Wireless technology (such as IPad, netbook, etc)
Word processing and presentation software (such as Word and powerpoint)
Geometry text or formula reference
Anticipatory Set (Lead-in):
Why do we need to do know geometry formulas in other areas besides school? (elicit answers, dig deep) If students are stuck, guide them towards natural disaster preparedness and what our school and families do (keep 3 days of water, food).
Lesson Plan Procedure:
Review the formulas for finding the volume of prisms and cylinders. Have the students practice a few times.
Start a list of where we might see these figures out in our city every day. Guide towards objects they will be able to use in their presenations (water towers, train cars).
Why might it be important to know how much volume a train car can hold? (Work through answers, making sure to guide for relevance)
Explain the project:
Each group much present a video project that shows the application of a volume formula on a structure in our city. The projects needs to be organized as our writing is (Introduction, detailed explination, and summary) because each student will individually submit a written report with their project. The presentation must be narrated and include multiple pictures. Additional artwork such as drawings are optional. Music is optional but strongly suggested as long as it does not cover up the narration.
The written portion must include the justification for the selection of the structure. This means each student must explain why the application of the principle is important and relevant. The report must also include the basics such as the structures location, purpose, general, frequency of use, and interesting facts. (These should be in the visual presentation as well)
Students are expected to provide equal contribution to the project and will be provided with sufficient class time to complete it. Any off-site trips must be (and will be) coordinated with administrative staff and parents.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
Presentation of each groups work (Our class and other 3 six grade classes).