It isn’t always easy to grasp mathematical concepts such as rigid transformations and congruent images. However, thanks to Mrs. Yodice, it can be fun! In a set of two challenges, students answered questions in an effort to “beat the clock” and learn about translating images, using rigid transformations and proving images congruent.
In the first challenge, students mimicked the hit game show, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader”. Utilizing buzzers and a group work approach, students in Mrs. Yodice’s class raced the clock to answer questions before their opposing peers. The first team that correctly answered two questions was granted more time in the second round.
The second challenge consisted of “proving a case”. Case numbers were assigned to various problems and the two teams of students worked on proving their case in front of the class, one at a time.
Desks clinked together as students frantically worked on proving their case in the short five minutes they were given.
The opposing team acted as a jury and decided if the presentation and case explanation were accurate. Students cheered on their teammates in hopes of winning the challenge and defeating their opposition. Director, Mr. Sauer, acted as the honorable judge whose job consisted of maintaining “order in the court”.
The lesson ended with a brief summary and review of the concepts. Students seemed to genuinely enjoy the active approach to unlocking ordinary mathematical concepts. It was enjoyable to witness them having fun with their school work and engaging with one another.
By the end of the lesson, I had grasped the concepts of rigid transformations and congruent images in no time – demonstrating that I, like the students in Mrs. Yodice’s Geometry class, proved to be “smarter than a fifth grader”.
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