Pythagorean Theorem INB Pages

21 January 2017
I had fun teaching the Pythagorean Theorem this year!  My students still didn't love having to simplify the radicals, but they'll get used to it.  In middle school they are allowed to get a decimal for all radicals.  It's a hard adjustment for them!

First, I had my students write the Pythagorean Theorem in their notebooks.  Then, I used the pink foldable to help them with the steps to find the missing sides of triangles.  I found this idea somewhere, but I can't remember where! (If you let me know, I will link it!)  In the original, students wrote on the flaps and drew their own triangles.  I prefer to have things printed, so I made one.

the Pythagorean Theorem foldable and lesson idea for interactive notebooks in high school geometry

the Pythagorean Theorem foldable and lesson idea for interactive notebooks in high school geometry

Next, I gave my students a table of the Pythagorean Triples.  I had them work with their partners to fill in the table.  We worked the two problems at the bottom together once they had completed the table.

the Pythagorean Triples idea for interactive notebooks in high school geometry

After that, I used my Pythagorean Theorem Word Problems Task Cards.  I used the "multiple page" option on the printer to print 4 pages to 1.  Each student got 4 problems to work in their notebooks.

Pythagorean theorem word problems interactive notebook activity for geometry - using task cards in interactive notebooks

The next day, I used my Pythagorean Theorem Converse Foldable to teach about classifying triangles.  Each flap as two practice problems underneath.  I didn't do very much with the rest of the page.  I might include more practice problems or something next year.

Pythagorean Theorem Converse Foldable - classifying triangles in high school geometry

Then, I had my students do a Classifying Triangles Card Sort.  They wrote the rule in each category as well.

Pythagorean Theorem Converse Card Sort - using card sorts in interactive notebooks for high school geometry

I liked the way these lessons turned out.  My students understood everything, but still struggled with the radicals.  I'm really working on improving their algebra skills.

Writing a Function Rule Graphic Organizer

17 January 2017
When I taught my students how to write a function rule, I used this graphic organizer.  It was really just an interesting way to organize the different problems instead of listing them down the page.  There are 5 examples where students write the function rule from a table.  Then, there are 2 examples that are word problems.

Writing a Function Rule Graphic Organizer - for algebra interactive notebooks


On another note, my students have been really starting to decorate their notebook pages.  These two examples are my students notebooks that they decorated while I was teaching the lesson.  I love that they are making it their own!

Writing a Function Rule Graphic Organizer - for algebra interactive notebooks


Transformations - Logo Project

14 January 2017
When it comes to my Transformations unit in Geometry, I have a mini-project that I like to use.  

First, I show different company logos in class and we talk about the different transformations we see in the logos.  It’s easy to find a couple examples of reflections, rotations, and translations.

For the project, I have students find different logos as examples of each of the types of transformations we have learned in class.  I had my students copy and paste the logo into powerpoint.  Students could also cut and paste the logo from a magazine or newspaper.  Then the students list the type of transformation illustrated, along with an explanation.  I give students lots of latitude about how they present their information in the powerpoint, but it could be more structured.

Geometric Transformations Project: Analyzing Logos - Student Project Example

This student chose to put the logos and explain them all on the same slide.  I required students to draw the lines of symmetry on the logo.  I also required students to draw the line of reflection on the logo.

Geometric Transformations Project: Analyzing Logos - Student Project Example

This student made a slide for each logo.  Not all of the examples shown got full credit, but they give a good idea of what the projects I received looked like.

Geometric Transformations Project: Analyzing Logos - Student Project Example

This student also made a slide for each logo.  You will notice that many students chose the same logos.

For the second part of the project, I have students design their own logo using some of the transformation properties learned in class.

If you’re interested in the rubric I used, you can find it here.  Feel free to edit and make it work for your classes!  I made this project the same weight as a quiz grade.


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