Teaching High School Geometry - 1 hour credit seminar meeting 12:30 on Tuesday

North Carolina High School Geometry

North Carolina InfoWeb on High School Geometry

Course Activities

  • Tuesday, January 12 - Dr. Sarah's presentation on Polyhedra
    1) Jan Garner's web based lesson using manipulatives
    2) Susanne Alejandre's Polyhedra Unit
    From 2), we'll look at Paper Nets, and construct a cube and icosahedron.
    Real Life Applications
    Crystals Also click on the seven crystal systems link.
    Kim Allen's page on Fullerenes - the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for discovery of a fullerene in real life
    (see also her Buckyball page).
    Java Applet of a buckyball
    We'll also talk about using paper nets to construct a bucky ball.
  • Tuesday, January 19 - Steve Dyche gives us a tour of the math-science center on the 2nd floor of Walker Hall.
  • Tuesday, January 26th - Advanced Web Searching - Students will pick an NCCTM topic to eventually present material on and will search the web for info they can use in their presentations.

    NCTM and NCCTM Info

    NCTM Standards
    NCTM Standards 2000
    Curriculum for the State of North Carolina divided by subject and grade level

    Extra Credit for sites suggested by you (first person to e-mail or tell me the site receives credit). Note: sites must contain mathematical content.

    Interesting Web Sites about Teaching High School Geometry

  • K-12 Internet Geometry Resources
  • Student Projects from Math 5337: Technology in the Geometry Classroom Projects for teachers and/or students (primarily grades 7 - 12) on various geometrical and web-related projects, including: symmetry, the golden ratio, classification of patterns, concurrency points in a triangle, the Pythagorean theorem, Charlotte and the World Wide Web, and the Geometer's Sketchpad. From a class at the Geometry Center.
  • Pythagorean Theorem Lesson - J.T. Johns This activity consists of developing the Chinese proof of the Pythagorean theorem using the Geometer's Sketchpad. The students will each be on their own computer for this activity and the worksheet will help them through it.
  • Jan Garner's Perspective Page
  • Polyhedra and real life applications This unit by Suzanne Alejandre introduces the concepts of surface area and volume while focusing on the importance of measurement. Students calculate the surface area of a rectangular prism; name the characteristics (number of edges, faces, vertices, and the shape of the face) of 6 specific polyhedra (cube, tetrahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron, and cuboctahedron); demonstrate their understanding of the characteristics of polyhedra; and explore polyhedra in the real world through crystalline structures and 'buckyballs'. All objectives are coordinated with the NCTM Standards.

    Geometry and The Simpsons

  • The Third Dimension
    2) Prof. Frink explaining the theory of the third dimension and the rest of this segment of 3-d Homer from Treehouse of Horror VI 3F04 (10/30/95)
    Text and Did You Notice? by James A. Cherry
    Pictures of Homer Changing into 3-d and 3-d Homer.
    Pacific Data Images dexcription of the 3-d special
    How did Pacific Data Images do this?

  • Hyperbolic Parabaloid
    Kang and Homer fighting on the Jerry Springer show - notice that Kang uses "hyperbolic parabaloid" while he is yelling at homer! in AABF01(10/23/98) Treehouse of Horror IX
    Homer and Kang Start to Fight on the Jerry Spring show - the crowd cheers them on
    Homer: (Angry) You two-timing--Bleep Bleep! I'm gonna--Bleep!
    Kang(Angry)Oh, year?! Well Bleep hyperbolic parabaloid Bleep earth, your mama!