Bare Bones Lessons: Turn Your City into a Put-Put Course

Grade Level: 7-12

Materials: Cardboard, box cutters, hot glue and guns, paint

Prerequisite math: Students will need to learn theorems about angles of reflection and other theorems about angles to make putting diagrams.

Driving Question: How can we use miniature golf to model our city? Continue reading

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Bare Bones Lessons: Soccer Ball Design

Grade Level: If you teach any kind of geometry to kids and want to do this activity, do it. The amount of scaffolding and depth of material they should be expected to digest varies with age of students but if you give them the chance, they will probably surprise you.

Materials: Giant spherical punch balloons, colored markers, papier-mâché materials

Prerequisite: Exposure to Euclid’s parallel postulate, reminder that the sum of the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees, some ideas about distance.

Driving Question: How can we rethink what we know about geometry, and use it to create the next World Cup soccer ball? Continue reading