Planning for a Geometry Semester

From the Latin: tessela, a small, square stone used in Roman mosaics. A plane tessellation is a pattern made up of one or more shapes, completely covering a surface without any gaps or overlaps.

Thinking about Math for the second semester…

7 weeks from January 2nd to February 16th: 17 45-minute periods, 7 90-minute periods.
Homework: Monday and Tuesday nights. To hand in or check in their books.
Quiz/Test every Thursday: current material plus some MCAS problems
Problem Solving due every Monday: We should make these up ourselves, and make them much less of a word problem and more of an exploration of math in our environment. (I already have an idea from the kitchen: what’s the best way to arrange pizza slices on a rectangular tray for heating and serving?) Challenging, but accessible to everybody, and fun.
Exhibition will be tessellations, and this calendar leaves us a week before Exhibition to fill in any gaps.
I’d like to use the time after the test on Thursdays for spiral review of simplifying expressions, slope in all its nefarious forms, and inequalities, and for learning how to use the graphing calculators.

Basic geometry language
Intersecting and Parallel Lines, Transversals
Interior and Exterior Angle Measurements
Congruence and Similarity
Pythagorean Theorem

Lines. Vocabulary, naming. One Week
Segments and Angles. Congruence. Similarity. transversals, interior and exterior angles. Two Weeks
Shapes. triangles and quadrilaterals. 2 and 3-dimensional. One Week
Pythagorean Theorem. unknown side lengths, distance between points in a coordinate system. Real-world applications. Two Weeks. Minimum.
Transformations. Dilation, translation, rotation, reflection. On unmarked and coordinate planes. Tessellations. Two Weeks. Minimum.

MCAS(Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) Research:
heavy on 2) congruence and similarity; 4) Pythagoras; 6) Transformations


About gblakney

Middle School Mathematics Teacher, passionate EdTech user who loves to experiment with new methods and tools in the classroom. Following the lead of Dan Meyer and Jo Boaler, I create a safe place for kids to discover the fun and beauty of maths. I use Number Talks and Groupwork to make maths accessible for all of my students. I enjoy Mathematics and I'm enthusiastic about teaching; the kids really respond to that.
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