Educational Strategies

Geometry Help with Easy to Understand Video Tutorials

Fun Geometry: Animal Prisms

I created Fun Geometry to help my students understand the essential concepts of mathematics.  The problems are designed in a manner that encourages participation and makes geometry fun.  Each problem is linked to a helpful video tutorial, which ensures successful completion of the entire booklet.

Why do students love Fun Geometry?

Fun Geometry puts children in a situation where geometry is needed to solve a problem.  My students rewrite the problem and truly enjoy drawing pictures of the animals, scenery, or situations within each problem.  I enjoy grading the mixture of art and math that my students create.

Cyclical Learning Approach

I have incorporated a cyclical learning approach with math tutorial videos.  Each educational concept is introduced, then reinforced, then revisited again and again to ensure success.   Children solve word problems that teach them how to solve for both area and volume.

This series is broken into three books.  The first book is called Animal Reserve and teaches how to find the area of irregular polygons.  The second book is called Animal Nets and teachers how to solve for the surface area of a prism.  The third book is call Animal Prisms and teaches how to love for the area of an irregular prism.

I have scaffold these problems:
    1. The first problem is a Watch ME.
      Students should read the problem and then click on the video to watch how the problem is solved.
      Students should copy the entire problem into their notebook.
    2. The second problem is a WORK WITH ME.
      Students should read the problem then gather all their materials, so that they can do the problem with me.
      Students should play the math tutorial video and pause it when told.
      Finally, Students should copy the problem down on their own paper, and solve it with me.
      When the math tutorial video is complete, students should review the problem with their teacher or parent.
    3. All the following problems are ON YOUR OWN.
      Students should solve the problems just as they did in the first two.
      Once you they completed the problem, they should watch the math tutorial video.
      Students should keep their paper with them while they watch the video.
      If they made a mistake, they should pause the math tutorial video and fix their mistake.
      That’s the fastest way to learn!

Animal Reserve – Book 1

Challenge 1 – Watch Me

You are trying to protect a family of moose.  Their home is in the polygon shown below.  In order to protect this animal reserve, you must solve for the area of their home.

  • See the measurements below.

How many square miles is this animal reserve?

Now – Press PLAY and watch the math tutorial video below.  Then copy these strategies into your notes.

I like to give a special thanks to the photographers at freeimage.com for allowing me to use their pictures.
Lake photo by chappy14

Challenge 2 – Work with Me

You are trying to protect a family of bighorn sheep.  Their home is in the polygon shown below.  In order to protect this animal reserve, you must solve for the area of their home.

  • See the measurements below.

How many square miles is this animal reserve?

Now – Gather your materials and press PLAY.  We’ll solve this problem together while you watch the math tutorial video below.

I like to give a special thanks to the photographers at freeimage.com for allowing me to use their pictures.
Lake photo by Robson Oliveira

Challenge 3 – On Your Own

You are trying to protect a family of Canadian Geese.  Their home is in the polygon shown below.  In order to protect this animal reserve, you must solve for the area of their home.

  • See the measurements below.

How many square kilometers is this animal reserve?

Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

I like to give a special thanks to the photographers at freeimage.com for allowing me to use their pictures.
Lake photo by Robson Oliveira

Fun Geometry: Animal ReserveClick here to purchase this book!

All of my books includes include video tutorials like the ones you see here.   If you would like to purchase this book, click the Photo.

 

Animal Prisms – Book 3

Challenge 1 – Watch Me

Ginny the Love-Sick Giraffe needs a new boyfriend.  Her last one got away, so she  has designed a three dimensional “Love Trap”.  Ginny wants to cover the ceiling, floor, and wall with red roses.  She believe that when a boy giraffe wonders into her trap, he will breath in the romantic flowers and fall deeply in love with her.  She needs to know many flowers to buy.

The net below is a representation of her love trap.

What is the surface area?

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Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Challenge 2 – Work with Me

Horas the Hoarder loves monkeys.  Once he catches an animal, he never lets them go.  He caught Millie Monkey last week and trapped her within this trapezoidal prism.  Millie Monkey begged for Horas to let her go, but he just shook his head.  Now, it’s up to you.  Solve for the volume of Millie Monkey’s trap, and Horas the Hoarder will have to return Millie to her family.

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Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Challenge 3 – On Your Own

Olivia the Irate Ostrich is fuming mad.  Not only has she been taken from her home and locked within this irregular prism, but she cannot get to her chicks.  Olivia’s chicks are in the smaller section of the irregular prism, and she is far too tall to visit them.  You are her only hope of escape.  Solve for the volume of Olivia’s trap and she and her chicks will be returned to their home.

Fun Geometry: Animal Prisms
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Once you complete the problem – Hit PLAY on the math tutorial video below.  Good Luck!

Fun Geometry: Animal PrismsClick here to purchase this book!

All of my books includes include video tutorials like the ones you see here.   If you would like to purchase this book, click the Photo.

Challenge 3 – On Your Own

Malevolent Myrdal is plain old evil.  She traps animals for the fun of it.  Myrdal trapped Albert Baboon Einstein just as he was about the solve the problem of global warming.

Will you help Albert Baboon Einstein escape this coordinate grid?  Solve the following questions and Malevolent Myrdal will have to return Albert to his contemplation.

1.Graph the following points.

A = ( -7, -7 )

B = ( -5, -2 )

C = ( 7, -2 )

D = ( 5, -7 )

2.Connect all points, going in alphabetical order.

3.What is the distance from point A to point D?

4.What kind of polygon is Albert Baboon Einstein trapped within?

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