Understand why geometry is important by seeing the connections between sports and geometry.
angles, arch, measurement, shape, speed, size, weight
Students will recognize
Help students become familiar with the layouts of a
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Note: A standard tournament-play pool table is 4.5 x 9 feet.
Arrange students into groups of 3 or 4 students. Ask each group to choose a sporting event from the list of field layouts you've made available.
Challenge students to use the field layouts to identify geometry concepts in those sports/activities. They should identify the various shapes in their sport field and the tools/equipment of the sport too.
They will create a miniature version of the field layout and plan a presentation that shares with the other groups how geometry plays a role in the sport.
Extension activity: Discuss the importance of why standards are set for sports playing areas. Or, lead a discussion of other ways -- outside of sports -- in which geometry applies to everyday life.
Debbie Miskiel, Workman High School in La Puente, California
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