I came across this activity in the #MTBoS community through
twitter. The activity seemed very
outside the box for me and my students and I was nervous to try it. Many teachers have written about their
experiences with implementing this lesson, but Jenn's is the most detailed and
helpful that I found.

The basic idea is this: Students make a set of parallel lines and a tranversal with masking tape on the floor. You review the angle pairs alternate interior, alternate exterior, same side interior, same side exterior, corresponding, vertical). Have students place their feet on the appropriate angles in their tape diagram.

In the post mentioned above, Jenn shares some awesome videos with fun music and angle pairs. It works just like Dance Dance Revolution from there.

The basic idea is this: Students make a set of parallel lines and a tranversal with masking tape on the floor. You review the angle pairs alternate interior, alternate exterior, same side interior, same side exterior, corresponding, vertical). Have students place their feet on the appropriate angles in their tape diagram.

In the post mentioned above, Jenn shares some awesome videos with fun music and angle pairs. It works just like Dance Dance Revolution from there.

I tried it with my 11th graders as a review before we
started parallel line proofs. They had a
grand time and really got into it. I recorded
one of the dances and we played it back the next day instead of doing our usual
warm-up. The kids got a kick out of
seeing it, but made me promise not to post the video. Here is a screenshot instead :)

My kids actually preferred the slower songs because they
decided to add spins and other fancy moves between the angle pair steps.

Check out Jenn's blog for resources on implementing this in
your room.

Jennifer, congrats to stepping (or dancing) outside your comfort zone!! Happy to hear your students enjoyed themselves.

ReplyDeleteI would certainly do it again. I don't know what I was afraid of! I like your tap tap trigonometry lesson too. I'll be borrowing that one as well.

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