Polygons and Circles

Step 3 - Instruction

1. Introduce students to the Polygons and Circles Learning Hub and have each of them access it on their own devices. Instruct them to make a copy of the Creative Notetaking Google Slides document.

2. Give a brief overview of polygons and circles, introducing them to the similarities and differences as well as the measurements that can be calculated from them. Help them to fill out the second two slides of the notetaking document.

3. Split the class into groups of 2-3 students. Introduce them to the Polygons Hyperdoc assignment and instruct them to work together to complete the remainder of the notetaking document as well as the hyperdoc assignment. They can use the hyperdoc assignment and its activities to help them learn more about each polygon. Allow the students to pace themselves. Whatever they have not finished by the end of class, they can work on at home. They have until the end of the week (or at least 3 days) to complete these assignments.

4. Walk around the classroom while the students are working together. Make sure that you are available to help them with any questions, but don't give them answers that they can find for themselves. Encourage them to dig deeper and to use the resources they have been given to find understanding.

5. The following class period, begin class with a brief discussion on what the students learned about polygons and circles. Then, instruct them to log into their devices and open the Applied Digital Skills lesson, "Memorize Facts with a Visual Mnemonic". Explain to the students that this lesson will help them learn how to create a visual mnemonic, or sketchnote, and they will be asked to create one for one of the slides on their notetaking assignment.

6. Allow students to work at their own pace through the Applied Digital Skills lesson. Walk around the classroom and make sure that students understand how they can turn their written notes on one of the polygons or on circles into a visual mnemonic. Students will have the remainder of the class period to work on this project.

7. For the final class period, begin class with the Google Form, "A Medieval Crisis". Have each student complete the assignment and then discuss with their groups what they learned and how their understanding of polygons and circles shaped their answers.

8. Discuss together as a class how polygons and circles matter in the real world. Ask the class to share what they have learned from the hyperdoc and notetaking assignments so far.

9. Connect the students' comments and insights to the number of real-world examples of these shapes. Instruct the students to open the Google Earth tour, "Math Around the World," and begin exploring.

10. After allowing the students to explore for about 15 minutes, instruct them to write a paragraph sharing what was most significant to them about all of these activities. Have them turn in their writing assignment to you before class is over.