A Playground of Words: High School Math

DOWN and AROUND - This game also has multiple levels so that you can increase the level of difficultly as the players gain experience. As players take turns, they find the LCD and GCF of fractions derived from the roll of the dice! This game requires a lot of strategy as you work to advance and to block your opponent!Another thing we've had some fun with is Patty Paper Geometry, published by Key Curriculum Press Well, okay, what is patty paper? It's the thin parchment paper that butchers put between hamburger patties - and you can do amazing things with them to help your students understand geometric concepts. The book has twelve sets of "investigations, " each having two sets of instructions. One set of instructions is a "guided investigation" where the students are given definitions and step by step instructions on how to create a particular construction and provides a fill in the blank theorem. The second set of instructions is an "open investigation." In this set, definitions and directions are provided and the student generates the theorem based upon the conclusions that they make observing their construction. You will find a total of 63 different investigations, each having both guided and open instructions, for a total of 126 investigations.

The twelve sets of investigations with their concepts are:

Investigation Set 1: Intersecting Lines (intersection of two lines; shortest distance between point & line; vertical & adjacent angles; linear pairs)
Investigation Set 2: Folding the Basic Geometric Constructions (angle bisector; perpendicular bisector, perpendicular from a given point to a given line; perpendicular through a point on a line; finding a line parallel to a given line through a given point)
Investigation Set 3: Special Points of Intersection (perpendicular bisectors of the sides of a triangle; angle bisectors of a triangle; medians, altitudes, circumcenter, incenter and centroid of a triangle; Euler line)
Investigation Set 4: Three Big Ideas (polygon sum conjectures, isosceles triangle conjecture & it's converse; parallel lines conjecture & it's converse)
Investigation Set 5: Midsegment Conjectures (triangle and trapezoid midsegment conjunctures)
Investigation Set 6: Properties of Quadrilaterals (parallelogram; rhombus; rectangle; kite)
Investigations Set 7: Properties of Circles (Finding the center; tangents to a circle; tangent segments; central angles, arcs & chords; inscribed angles; angles inscribed in the same arc & in a semicircle; parallel lines through a circle; cyclic quadrilaterals)
Investigations Set 8: Congruent Triangles (side-side-side; angle-angle-angle; side-angle-side; angle-side-angle; side-angle-angle; side-side-angle)
Investigations Set 9: Transformations (translations; rotations; reflections; order of points after transformations; two reflections over parallel lines; two reflections over intersecting lines)
Investigations Set 10: Symmetry and Tessellations (reflectional symmetry of regular polygons; rotational symmetry of regular polygons; tessellations of regular polygons; tiling the plane with nonregular polygons; creating Escher-Style translation, rotation and glide reflection tessellations)
Investigations Set 11: Area (area formula for parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, circles, parallelograms, triangles, trapezoids, circles)
Investigations Set 12: The Theorem of Pythagoras (the theorem & it's converse)

Now, I have to admit. I'm a curriculum junkie. I have some things on my shelf that I bought in case I might be able to use them one day. I also have quite a wish list going. Here's a list of the different games or activity books I either have or wish for, but haven't used yet:
Is Democracy Fair? The Mathematics of Voting and Apportionment - using mathematics to explore ballots, decision procedures, alternatives to the "winner take all" approach; investigate different methods for the apportionment of Congressmen to the House of Representatives; how voting apportionment methods are used in non political situations; includes outline for long term research paper on voting & apportionment in a country other than the U.S..

Squaring the Circle: Geometry in Art and Architecture - here's the description from Amazon:

includes all the topics necessary for a solid foundation in geometry and explores

the timeless influence of geometry on art and architecture. The text offers wide-ranging

exercise sets and related projects that allow students to practice and master the mathematics

presented. Each chapter introduces mathematical concepts geometrically and illustrates

their nontraditional applications in art and architecture throughout the centuries.

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