Standard 4 : Make geometric constructions. (Geometry - Supporting Cluster)



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General Information

Number: MAFS.912.G-CO.4
Title: Make geometric constructions. (Geometry - Supporting Cluster)
Type: Cluster
Subject: Mathematics
Grade: 912
Domain-Subdomain: Geometry: Congruence

Related Standards

This cluster includes the following benchmarks
Code Description
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods (compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, dynamic geometric software, etc.). Copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line.

Clarifications:
Geometry - Fluency Recommendations

Fluency with the use of construction tools, physical and computational, helps students draft a model of a geometric phenomenon and can lead to conjectures and proofs.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.13: Construct an equilateral triangle, a square, and a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle.


Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12a: Copy a segment.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12b: Copy an angle.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12c: Bisect a segment.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12d: Bisect an angle.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12e: Construct perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.12f: Construct a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line.
MAFS.912.G-CO.4.AP.13a: Construct an equilateral triangle, a square and a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle.


Related Resources

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

Original Student Tutorials

Name Description
Angle UP: Player 1:

Explore the construction processes for constructing an angle bisector, copying an angle and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line using a variety of tools in this interactive, retro video game-themed tutorial.

Meet Me Half Way:

Plan a paddle board expedition by learning how to do basic geometric constructions including copying a segment, constructing a segment bisector, constructing a segment's perpendicular bisector and constructing perpendicular segments using a variety of tools in this interactive tutorial.

A Square Peg in a Round Hole:

Learn how to construct an inscribed square in a circle and why certain constructions are used in this interactive tutorial.

Designing with Hexagons:

Learn how to construct an inscribed regular hexagon and equilateral triangle in a circle in this interactive tutorial.

The Blueprints of Construction:

Learn to construct the perpendicular bisector of a line segment using a straightedge and compass with this interactive tutorial.

Assessments

Name Description
Sample 1 - High School Geometry State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for 9th-12th grade.

Sample 4 - High School Geometry State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for 9th-12th grades.

Sample 3 - High School Geometry State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for 9th-12th grade.

Sample 2 - High School Geometry State Interim Assessment:

This is a State Interim Assessment for 9th-12th grade.

Formative Assessments

Name Description
Constructing a Congruent Angle:

Students are asked to construct an angle congruent to a given angle.

Constructions for Parallel Lines:

Students are asked to construct a line parallel to a given line through a given point.

Constructing a Congruent Segment:

Students are asked to construct a line segment congruent to a given line segment.

Regular Hexagon in a Circle:

Students are asked to construct a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle.

Equilateral Triangle in a Circle:

Students are asked to construct an equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle.

Construct the Center of a Circle:

Students are asked to construct the center of a circle.

Square in a Circle:

Students are asked to construct a square inscribed in a circle.

Bisecting a Segment and an Angle :

Students are asked to construct the bisectors of a given segment and a given angle and to justify one of the steps in each construction.

Constructions for Perpendicular Lines:

Students are asked to construct a line perpendicular to given line (1) through a point not on the line and (2) through a point on the line.

Lesson Plans

Name Description
Engineering Design Challenge: Exploring Structures in High School Geometry :

Students explore ideas on how civil engineers use triangles when constructing bridges. Students will apply knowledge of congruent triangles to build and test their own bridges for stability.

Geometric Construction Site:

This lesson takes students from simple construction of line segments and angles to an optional extension worksheet for creating triangles.

Construction of Inscribed Regular Hexagon:

A GeoGebra lesson for students to become familiar with computer based construction tools. Students work together to construct a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle using rotations. Both a beginner and advanced approach are available.

Copying and Bisecting an Angle:

This lesson is a gradual release model that takes students through the process of constructing congruent angles and bisecting angles.

Inscribe Those Rims:

This lesson will engage students with an interactive and interesting way to learn how to inscribe polygons in circles.

Bisecting Angles And Line Segments:

This construction lesson will teach students how to bisect an angle and how to find the perpendicular bisector of a segment using a compass and straightedge.

Construction Junction:

Students will learn how to construct an equilateral triangle and a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle using a compass and a straightedge.

Triangle Medians:

This lesson will have students exploring different types of triangles and their medians. Students will construct mid-points and medians to determine that the medians meet at a point.

Inscribe it:

This activity allows students to practice the construction process inscribing a regular hexagon and an equilateral triangle in a circle using GeoGebra software.

Construct Regular Polygons Inside Circles :

Students will be able to demonstrate that they can construct, using the central angle method, an equilateral triangle, a square, and a regular hexagon, inscribed inside a circle, using a compass, straightedge, and protractor. They will use worksheets to master the construction of each polygon, one inside each of three different circles. As an extension to this lesson, if computers with GeoGebra are available, the students should be able to perform these constructions on computers as well.

Construct This:

In this lesson, students will construct a square inscribed in a circle using the properties of a square and determine if there is more than one way to complete the construction.

Constructing an Angle Bisector:

Students construct an angle bisector given a straightedge and compass then verify their process. The Guided Practice is done in stations. One that is teacher lead and one that is student lead. In order to complete the student lead Guided Practice, access to a teacher computer and projector is needed. Then the students independently create their own angle and its bisector and verify their work for a grade. Students use patty paper and protractors to confirm the accuracy of the construction.

Determination of the Optimal Point (formerly where to build a house):

Students will use dynamic geometry software to determine the optimal location for a facility under a variety of scenarios. The experiments will suggest a relation between the optimal point and a common concept in geometry; in some cases, there will be a connection to a statistical concept. Algebra can be used to verify some of the conjectures.

Back to the Basics: Constructions:

Students will use compass and straightedge to develop methods for constructions.

Paper Plate Origami:

This lesson highlights a hands-on activity where students construct inscribed regular polygons in a circle using models. Through guided questions, students will discover how to divide a model (paper plate) into 3, 4 and 6 parts. Using folding, a straightedge and compass, they will construct an equilateral triangle, a square and a regular hexagon in their circles.

What's the Point? Part 2:

In this lesson, students use a paper-folding technique to discover the properties of angle bisectors. At the conclusion of the activity, students will be able to compare/contrast the points of concurrency of perpendicular and angle bisectors.

Circumnavigating The Circumcenter:

Students use the concurrent point of perpendicular bisectors of triangle sides to determine the circumcenter of three points. Students will reason that the circumcenter of the vertices of a polygon is the optimal location for placement of a facility to service all of the needs of sites at the vertices forming the polygon.

Crafty Circumference Challenge:

Students identify, find, and use recycled, repurposed, or reclaimed objects to create "crafty" construction tools to partition the circumference of a circle into three, four, and six congruent arcs which determine vertices of regular polygons inscribed in the circle.

Right turn, Clyde!:

Students will develop their knowledge of perpendicular bisectors & point of concurrency of a triangle, as well as construct perpendicular biesctors through real world problem solving with a map.

Halfway to the Middle!:

Students will develop their knowledge of mid-segments of a triangle, construct and provide lengths of mid-segments.

Location, Location, Location, Location?:

Students will use their knowledge of graphing concurrent segments in triangles to locate and identify which points of concurrency are associated by location with cities and counties within the Texas Triangle Mega-region.

St. Pi Day construction with a compass & ruler:

St. Pi Day construction with compass

This activity uses a compass and straight-edge(ruler) to construct a design. The design is then used to complete a worksheet involving perimeter, circumference, area and dimensional changes which affect the scale factor ratio.

Detemination of the Optimal Point:

Students will use dynamic geometry software to determine the optimal location for a facility under a variety of scenarios. The experiments will suggest a relation between the optimal point and a common concept in geometry; in some cases, there will be a connection to a statistical concept. Algebra can be used to verify some of the conjectures.

Patterns in Fractals: This lesson is designed to introduce students to the idea of finding patterns in the generation of several different types of fractals. This lesson provides links to discussions and activities related to patterns and fractals as well as suggested ways to work them into the lesson. Finally, the lesson provides links to follow-up lessons designed for use in succession with the current one.
What's the Point? Part 1:

This is a patty paper-folding activity where students measure and discover the properties of the point of concurrency of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides of a triangle.

Presentation/Slideshow

Name Description
The Pythagorean Theorem: Geometry’s Most Elegant Theorem:

This lesson teaches students about the history of the Pythagorean theorem, along with proofs and applications. It is geared toward high school Geometry students that have completed a year of Algebra and addresses the following national standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning: 1) Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships; 2) Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems; 3) Understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of geometry; and 4) Use the Pythagorean theorem and its converse and properties of special right triangles to solve mathematical and real-world problems. The video portion is about thirty minutes, and with breaks could be completed in 50 minutes. (You may consider completing over two classes, particularly if you want to allow more time for activities or do some of the enrichment material). These activities could be done individually, in pairs, or groups. I think 2 or 3 students is optimal. The materials required for the activities include scissors, tape, string and markers.

Problem-Solving Tasks

Name Description
Inscribing a square in a circle:

This task provides an opportunity for students to apply triangle congruence theorems in an explicit, interesting context.

Inscribing a hexagon in a circle:

This problem solving task challenges students to inscribe equilateral triangles and regular hexagons on a circle with a compass and straightedge.

Construction of perpendicular bisector:

This problem solving task challenges students to construct a perpendicular bisector of a given segment.

Reflected Triangles:

This task asks students to use a straightedge and compass to construct the line across which a triangle is reflected.

Bisecting an angle:

This problem solving task challenges students to bisect a given angle.

Locating Warehouse:

This problem solving task challenges students to place a warehouse (point) an equal distance from three roads (lines).

Angle bisection and midpoints of line segments:

This task provides a construction of the angle bisector of an angle by reducing it to the bisection of an angle to finding the midpoint of a line segment. It is worth observing the symmetry -- for both finding midpoints and bisecting angles, the goal is to cut an object into two equal parts.

Tutorial

Name Description
Constructing Polygons Inscribed in Circles:

Click "View Site" to open a full-screen version. Geometric constructions using tools such as a compass and straightedge can help students better understand geometric concepts and the underlying principles that govern their relationships. The focus in this tutorial is on the construction of an equilateral triangle, square, and regular hexagon inscribed in a circle.

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Name Description
Three Dimensional Shapes: In this interactive, self-guided unit on 3-dimensional shape, students (and teachers) explore 3-dimensional shapes, determine surface area and volume, derive Euler's formula, and investigate Platonic solids. Interactive quizzes and animations are included throughout, including a 15 question quiz for student completion.

Video/Audio/Animation

Name Description
MIT BLOSSOMS - Using Geometry to Design Simple Machines: This video is meant to be a fun, hands-on session that gets students to think hard about how machines work. It teaches them the connection between the geometry that they study and the kinematics that engineers use -- explaining that kinematics is simply geometry in motion.

Virtual Manipulative

Name Description
Inscribe a Regular Hexagon in a Circle:

This geogebratube interactive worksheet shows the step by step process for inscribing a regular hexagon in a circle. There are other geogebratube interactive worksheets for the square and the equilateral triangle.



Student Resources

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

Original Student Tutorials

Title Description
Angle UP: Player 1:

Explore the construction processes for constructing an angle bisector, copying an angle and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line using a variety of tools in this interactive, retro video game-themed tutorial.

Meet Me Half Way:

Plan a paddle board expedition by learning how to do basic geometric constructions including copying a segment, constructing a segment bisector, constructing a segment's perpendicular bisector and constructing perpendicular segments using a variety of tools in this interactive tutorial.

A Square Peg in a Round Hole:

Learn how to construct an inscribed square in a circle and why certain constructions are used in this interactive tutorial.

Designing with Hexagons:

Learn how to construct an inscribed regular hexagon and equilateral triangle in a circle in this interactive tutorial.

The Blueprints of Construction:

Learn to construct the perpendicular bisector of a line segment using a straightedge and compass with this interactive tutorial.

Presentation/Slideshow

Title Description
The Pythagorean Theorem: Geometry’s Most Elegant Theorem:

This lesson teaches students about the history of the Pythagorean theorem, along with proofs and applications. It is geared toward high school Geometry students that have completed a year of Algebra and addresses the following national standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning: 1) Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships; 2) Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems; 3) Understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of geometry; and 4) Use the Pythagorean theorem and its converse and properties of special right triangles to solve mathematical and real-world problems. The video portion is about thirty minutes, and with breaks could be completed in 50 minutes. (You may consider completing over two classes, particularly if you want to allow more time for activities or do some of the enrichment material). These activities could be done individually, in pairs, or groups. I think 2 or 3 students is optimal. The materials required for the activities include scissors, tape, string and markers.

Problem-Solving Tasks

Title Description
Inscribing a square in a circle:

This task provides an opportunity for students to apply triangle congruence theorems in an explicit, interesting context.

Inscribing a hexagon in a circle:

This problem solving task challenges students to inscribe equilateral triangles and regular hexagons on a circle with a compass and straightedge.

Construction of perpendicular bisector:

This problem solving task challenges students to construct a perpendicular bisector of a given segment.

Reflected Triangles:

This task asks students to use a straightedge and compass to construct the line across which a triangle is reflected.

Bisecting an angle:

This problem solving task challenges students to bisect a given angle.

Locating Warehouse:

This problem solving task challenges students to place a warehouse (point) an equal distance from three roads (lines).

Angle bisection and midpoints of line segments:

This task provides a construction of the angle bisector of an angle by reducing it to the bisection of an angle to finding the midpoint of a line segment. It is worth observing the symmetry -- for both finding midpoints and bisecting angles, the goal is to cut an object into two equal parts.

Virtual Manipulative

Title Description
Inscribe a Regular Hexagon in a Circle:

This geogebratube interactive worksheet shows the step by step process for inscribing a regular hexagon in a circle. There are other geogebratube interactive worksheets for the square and the equilateral triangle.



Parent Resources

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

Problem-Solving Tasks

Title Description
Inscribing a square in a circle:

This task provides an opportunity for students to apply triangle congruence theorems in an explicit, interesting context.

Inscribing a hexagon in a circle:

This problem solving task challenges students to inscribe equilateral triangles and regular hexagons on a circle with a compass and straightedge.

Construction of perpendicular bisector:

This problem solving task challenges students to construct a perpendicular bisector of a given segment.

Reflected Triangles:

This task asks students to use a straightedge and compass to construct the line across which a triangle is reflected.

Bisecting an angle:

This problem solving task challenges students to bisect a given angle.

Locating Warehouse:

This problem solving task challenges students to place a warehouse (point) an equal distance from three roads (lines).

Angle bisection and midpoints of line segments:

This task provides a construction of the angle bisector of an angle by reducing it to the bisection of an angle to finding the midpoint of a line segment. It is worth observing the symmetry -- for both finding midpoints and bisecting angles, the goal is to cut an object into two equal parts.