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Explore climate and latitude relative to the settlement of the original 13 colonies.
GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.
In this unit students will build upon their experiences with geometry in earlier grades. Seventh grade students use these skills to informally construct geometric figures.
Manipulatives, dynamic geometry, and tools like rulers and protractors will be particularly helpful with this unit. A particular focus in this unit is the construction of triangles when given combinations of measures of three angles and/or sides. Students will investigate which of these combinations create unique triangles, more than one triangle, or no triangle at all. Students will use the angle-angle criterion to determine similarity.
Angle relationships generated by intersecting lines including supplementary, complementary, adjacent, and vertical angles are also used in problem solving. Using these relationships, students will make conjectures and solve multistep problems with angles created by parallel lines cut by a transversal. They will also examine both angle sums of polygons and exterior angles.
Students will know and use formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and be able to determine the relationship between them.
The following lessons come from the Everyday Math (version 4) curriculum. I have adapted the lessons by including face-to-face small group lessons, specific technology activities, and center activities (some being small group/buddy and some being independent). I will be using a group rotation model during the implementation of this unit. Each day will include a 1 hour block of time, with 20 minutes for each rotation.
Students will learn about attributes of two dimensional shapes. Students will learn about defining and nondefining attributes of shapes. Students will explore shapes through a building activity. Students will combine two dimensional shapes to make composite figures.
Lesson 7.5 Attributes of shapes
Lesson 7.7 Defining and Nondefining Attributes
Lesson 8.1 Building shapes with Defining Attributes
Lesson 8.5 Combining 2-Dimensional Shapes
The central idea of this unit is how sharing artifacts is a fundamental characteristic of humans that connects them to each other and culture.
In this unit, students develop in-depth understanding of volume and surface area. Students should understand volume as a measure of filling and surface area as a measure of wrapping an object. Students should have the opportunity to generate their own strategies for finding volume and surface area. Students will be able to use patterns and rules/formulas for finding surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes.
In this unit, students will be introduced to poetry. Students will learn about the different types of poetry characteristics through the use of poetry books, prezi presentations, music, and spoken word.