Sunday, November 17, 2013

Holly Jolly Trig -- Pythagorean Math Project

What happens if Santa has an untimely hamstring injury just days before the big night? Chaos. Utter chaos. In this 21st Century Math Project, students will plan and accommodate Santa so Christmas doesn't get cancelled.

Name: Holly Jolly Trig
Don't be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins!
Suggested Grade Level: 7-12 (Geometry skills)
Math Concepts: Pythagorean Theorem and Distance
Interdisciplinary Connections: Distance, Engineering
Teaching Duration: 3-4 Days (can be modified)
Cost: $5 for a 19 Page PDF (1 project, 2 assignment and answer keys) 
PDF Version: Holly Jolly Trig @ TPT

The Product: Students use longitude and latitude coordinates to estimate distance of Santa's route

What kind of online math lesson plan writer would I be if I didn't have a Santa/hamstring injury in my repertoire? A cotton-headed ninnymuggins. That's what I'd be. So let me shout from the mountain tops that I am not a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

The assignments break down like this:

-- In “Chimney Dilemmas” students will interpret ladder application problems and use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve for missing variables and make decisions.

-- In “The Workshop” students will engage in some higher order thinking to develop strategies for solving applied problems.

-- In “Twas the Night” student will use Latitude and Longitude coordinates and the Pythagorean Theorem to estimate the distance between cities.

-- In “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” students will calculate a total of 21 different Pythagorean Theorem problems so it might work better in partners or small groups.

-- In “The List” students will try to minimize the length of the entire trip. This is some rudimentary graph theory. There are many possible answers, but only one lowest possible version.

-- In “Dashing Through the Snow” students will sketch their final route for Santa on a map of the West Coast of North America.

Most importantly let 21st Century Math ProjectHoliday Cheer be sung load for all to hear! Math it up. Keep it real. Peace!

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