Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celebrating the Holidays in Secondary Math Land

It is often difficult at the secondary level, especially in a math class, to find ways to incorporate the holidays.  We can't study the history of them like you can in the social studies curriculum or read stories about them like you can in the ELA curriculum.  The link that would allow us to illustrate them like you can in Art or easily do skits like you can in Theater doesn't readily exist either.  So after much thought, I decided to create holiday versions of my riddle worksheets.

Doing so allows me to a) bring a little of the holidays in, b) review or practice needed skills and c) allow the students to have a little bit of fun.  This of course, also lead to some difficulty as not all Geometry classes are at the same point at the same time.  So I picked some generic topics and focused on the three major holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

Since it is only a week until Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a few of the riddles I created with you - just in case you are in the same spot as I am! :)

I have riddles that cover the Basic Concepts topics of Angles of Triangles, The Segment and Angle Addition Postulates and Angles Formed by Parallel Lines
Angles of Triangles
Angles Formed by Parallel Lines

Segment and Angle Addition

I have riddles that cover the Right Triangle concepts of The Pythagorean Theorem, Special Right Triangles, Simplifying Square Roots and Trigonometry.
Pythagorean Theorem
Simplifying Square Roots

Simplifying Square Roots
Sin - Cos - Tan

  Finally, I have riddles on the Quadrilateral Topics of Properties of Special Quadrilaterals and Interior/Exterior Angles of Polygons.

Interior/Exterior Angles of Polygons
Properties of Special Quadrilaterals

I hope you can find something to add a little Thanksgiving to your Spectacular World of Secondary Math!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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