Moving to the Common Core for Geometry.

High school geometry students are expected to know far more than they used to. Curriculum standards that used to be taught at the high school level have been moved to advanced 6th and 7th grade.

Your students are “expected” to know many geometry terms when they enter your class, which is why I recommend starting the year with the Visual Dictionary project.

Creating the Visual Dictionary

The goal of this activity is to understand what the students retained and what would I have to re-address.

Your students can use tablets or computers for this project, but technology isn’t required.

The Project

The students are placed in groups of two, so they can learn to start working in groups at the beginning of the year.

Acute angle - Geometry

A real-world example of an "acute" angle.

They have a list of about 25 words. For each word, they have to find a mathematics definition and a real world picture of the word. One teacher I know had one student sign out a camera and take the pictures, which turned into a cool final result.

Give the students about a day and a half in class and five days overall. That amount of time gives the students the opportunity to produce quality work and to really be creative.

Once the projects are complete, they upload the pictures to a tool like Glogster, Prezi, or Google presentation. Then you can refer to the projects the rest of the year when you are working on specific standards and vocabulary.

The following week, you can share all of the pictures with the class so all of the students can see what other groups found.

Vocabulary is so important for students to know, use, and understand, the two in-class days for this project are definitely worth it.