Drawing to Scale: Designing a Garden


Resource ID#: 46082 Primary Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence


General Information

Subject(s): Mathematics
Grade Level(s): 7
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, LCD Projector, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office
Instructional Time: 2 Hour(s) 10 Minute(s)
Keywords: scale, garden, problem solving, reasoning, modeling, geometry, angle, measurement, area, surface area, volume, proportion, real world problems
Resource Collection: Map.mathshell.org

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Problem-Solving Task

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Virtual Manipulative

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Type: Virtual Manipulative