Geometry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

In this lesson, students will explore the history and modern-day application of geometry. Students will watch a video, answer discussion prompts, take a quiz and complete an activity. An extension exercise helps students continue learning.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the origin of geometry
  • Identify historical figures and their contributions to geometry
  • Explain the modern day application of geometry

Length

60-90 minutes, plus 30 minutes for an optional extension

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Materials

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students if they like geometry. Why or why not?
  • Allow students to share their responses and rationale.
  • Then, explain that this lesson explores the history of geometry.
  • Distribute the hard copies of the What is Geometry? lesson, then start the video and play it in its entirety.
  • Now, shoulder pair students and ask them to address the following prompts:
    • Define ''geometry'' in your own words.
    • Which country is credited with the first written record of geometry?
    • What geometrical calculations were found in Egypt?
    • Where did the Pythagorean Theorem originate?
    • Describe Euclidean geometry.
    • Explain Rene Descartes' contribution to geometry.
  • After all pairs finish, allow them to share their answers with the class.
  • Now, distribute the lesson quiz and ask students to complete independently.
  • Review the answers as a class.

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