MA.7.GR.1.3

Explore the proportional relationship between circumferences and diameters of circles. Apply a formula for the circumference of a circle to solve mathematical and real-world problems.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Instruction includes the exploration and analysis of circular objects to examine the proportional relationship between circumference and diameter and arrive at an approximation of pi (π) as the constant of proportionality.

Clarification 2: Solutions may be represented in terms of pi (π) or approximately.

General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 7
Strand: Geometric Reasoning
Status: State Board Approved

Benchmark Instructional Guide

Connecting Benchmarks/Horizontal Alignment

 

Terms from the K-12 Glossary

  • Circumference
  • Constant of Proportionality
  • Diameter
  • Pi (π)
  • Proportional Relationship

 

Vertical Alignment

Previous Benchmarks

Next Benchmarks

 

Purpose and Instructional Strategies

In grade 6, students solved problems involving the perimeter and area of two-dimensional figures. In grade 7, students explore the proportional relationship between circumferences and diameters of circles and develop and learn a formula to solve circumference problems. In grade 8, students will learn and use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between points in the coordinate plane, and this builds the foundation for the equation of a circle in high school geometry. 
  • Instruction includes opportunities for students to see circular or cylindrical household objects of different sizes. Students will measure the diameter and the circumference of the circle in each object to the nearest tenth of a centimeter to arrive at an approximation of pi (π) as the constant of proportionality. Students can record the values in a table and plot the points on a coordinate plane to discover the pattern that arises (MTR.5.1). Students should complete multiple trials to best support their conclusions using both radius and diameter.
    Trial #1
    Table
    Trial #2
    Table
  • Instruction emphasizes the relationship between radius and diameter so students will easily move between the equivalent forms of the circumference formula (MTR.3.1).
  • Instruction includes student understanding that circumference of a circle is the same as perimeter of any other two-dimensional figure.
  • Students are expected to know approximations of pi (355113, 227 or 3.14).

 

Common Misconceptions or Errors

  • Students may invert the terms radius and diameter. To address this misconception, review parts of a circle including radii, diameters and chords.
    Circle with radius, diameter and chord
  • Students may incorrectly believe pi is a variable, rather than a constant for every circle.
  • Students may confuse circumference and area. To address this misconception, help students connect circumference as perimeter of a circle.

 

Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction

  • Teacher provides opportunities for students to measure the radius and diameter of various circles and to explore and discuss the similarities and differences between radius and diameter.
  • To clarify misconceptions between the relationship of the diameter and circumference, instruction includes solving for the constant of proportionality between a given diameter and circumference of a circle and discussing the patterns that arise. Teacher provides opportunities for students to solve for the circumference of a given circle in terms of pi before replacing the value of pi with an approximation to determine the estimated circumference.
  • Teacher co-constructs a graphic organizer with students containing color-coded examples of circumference, area, diameter and radius.

 

Instructional Tasks

Instructional Task 1 (MTR.4.1, MTR.7.1)
Amy and Eunice are participating in a bike-a-thon this weekend. Amy has 29-inch road bike wheels and Eunice has 26-inch mountain bike wheels, where the bike wheel measurements are based on their diameter.
  • Part A. If they choose a bike-a-thon distance of 5 miles, whose bike wheels will need to do the fewest revolutions to reach the finish line?
  • Part B. How many more revolutions will the other bike need to make to reach the finish line? Explain your reasoning.

 

Instructional Items

Instructional Item 1
Determine the circumference of the following circles.
circles with radius 5mm, and diameter 12 yards

Instructional Item 2
When baking an apple pie, a strip of aluminum foil needs to be placed around the edge of the crust until the last 20 minutes of baking so that it will not burn. If using a 912-inch diameter pie pan, how long should the strip of foil be?

 

*The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
1205040: M/J Grade 7 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
1205050: M/J Accelerated Mathematics Grade 7 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2020, 2020 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
1204000: M/J Foundational Skills in Mathematics 6-8 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7812020: Access M/J Grade 7 Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MA.7.GR.1.AP.3: Apply a given formula for the circumference of a circle to solve mathematical problems.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Formative Assessments

The Meaning of Pi:

Students are asked to explain the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle in terms of pi.

Type: Formative Assessment

Eye on Circumference:

Students are asked to solve a problem involving the circumference of a circle.

Type: Formative Assessment

Circumference Formula:

Students are asked to write the formula for the circumference of a circle, explain what each symbol represents, and label the variables on a diagram.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

How Fast Can One Travel on a Bicycle?:

Students investigate how the pedal and rear wheel gears affect the speed of a bicycle. A GeoGebra sketch is included that allows a simulation of the turning of the pedal and the rear wheel. A key goal is to provide an experience for the students to apply and integrate the key concepts in seventh-grade mathematics in a familiar context.

Type: Lesson Plan

Circumference/Rotation Relationship in LEGO/NXT Robots or Do I Wheely need to learn this?:

7th grade math/science lesson plan that focuses on the concept of circumference and rotation relationship. Culminates in a problem-solving exercise where students apply their knowledge to the "rotations" field in programming a LEGO/NXT robot to traverse a set distance.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Pizza Pi: Circumference:

Explore the origins of Pi as the ratio of Circumference to diameter of a circle. In this interactive tutorial you'll work with the circumference formula to determine the circumference of a circle and work backwards to determine the diameter and radius of a circle.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Swimming in Circles:

Learn to solve problems involving the circumference and area of circle-shaped pools in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Experts

B.E.S.T. Journey:

What roles do exploration, procedural reliability, automaticity, and procedural fluency play in a student's journey through the B.E.S.T. benchmarks? Dr. Lawrence Gray explains the path through the B.E.S.T. maththematics benchmarks in this Expert Perspectives video.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Practical Use of Area and Circumference:

A math teacher describes the relationship between area and circumference and gives examples in nature.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiasts

Pizza Pi: Area, Circumference & Unit Rate:

How many times larger is the area of a large pizza compared to a small pizza?  Which pizza is the better deal? Michael McKinnon of Gaines Street Pies talks about how the area, circumference and price per square inch is different depending on the size of the pizza.  

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Using Geometry for Interior Design and Architecture:

An architect discusses how he uses circumference and area calculations to accurately create designs and plans.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Geometry for Dance Costume Designs:

A dance costume designer describes how she uses circumference and area calculations to make clothing for the stage.

Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

Perspectives Video: Teaching Ideas

Cookies and Pi:

A math teacher presents an idea for a classroom activity to engage students in measuring diameter and circumference to calculate pi.

Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Bicycle Mathematics: Speed and Distance Calculations:

Cycling involves a lot of real-time math when you use an on-board computer. Learn about lesson ideas and how computers help with understanding performance.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Robot Mathematics: Gearing Ratio Calculations for Performance:

A science teacher demonstrates stepwise calculations involving multiple variables for designing robots with desired characteristics.

Type: Perspectives Video: Teaching Idea

Tutorials

Impact of a Radius Change on the Area of a Circle:

This video shows how the area and circumference relate to each other and how changing the radius of a circle affects the area and circumference.

 

Type: Tutorial

Circles: Radius, Diameter, Circumference, and Pi:

In this video, students are shown the parts of a circle and how the radius, diameter, circumference and Pi relate to each other.

Type: Tutorial

Circumference of a Circle:

This video shows how to find the circumference, the distance around a circle, given the area.

Type: Tutorial

MFAS Formative Assessments

Circumference Formula:

Students are asked to write the formula for the circumference of a circle, explain what each symbol represents, and label the variables on a diagram.

Eye on Circumference:

Students are asked to solve a problem involving the circumference of a circle.

The Meaning of Pi:

Students are asked to explain the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle in terms of pi.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

Pizza Pi: Circumference:

Explore the origins of Pi as the ratio of Circumference to diameter of a circle. In this interactive tutorial you'll work with the circumference formula to determine the circumference of a circle and work backwards to determine the diameter and radius of a circle.

Swimming in Circles:

Learn to solve problems involving the circumference and area of circle-shaped pools in this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Pizza Pi: Circumference:

Explore the origins of Pi as the ratio of Circumference to diameter of a circle. In this interactive tutorial you'll work with the circumference formula to determine the circumference of a circle and work backwards to determine the diameter and radius of a circle.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Swimming in Circles:

Learn to solve problems involving the circumference and area of circle-shaped pools in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Expert

Practical Use of Area and Circumference:

A math teacher describes the relationship between area and circumference and gives examples in nature.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Tutorials

Impact of a Radius Change on the Area of a Circle:

This video shows how the area and circumference relate to each other and how changing the radius of a circle affects the area and circumference.

 

Type: Tutorial

Circles: Radius, Diameter, Circumference, and Pi:

In this video, students are shown the parts of a circle and how the radius, diameter, circumference and Pi relate to each other.

Type: Tutorial

Circumference of a Circle:

This video shows how to find the circumference, the distance around a circle, given the area.

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Perspectives Video: Expert

Practical Use of Area and Circumference:

A math teacher describes the relationship between area and circumference and gives examples in nature.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert