A Classroom City

As we’re edging closer to the end of the year here in middle school math, we’ve been working on a big project.

We’re building a city!

Each student is creating a portfolio of their city design and components, and next week we’ll start actually building a giant cardboard model together.

Throughout this project, we’re hitting all of our geometry and statistics standards – the students are learning about circles, angles, triangles, surface area, scale drawings, nets, perspective drawings, volume, data representation, fair surveys, mean, median, and lots more – but they’re so in to designing their cities that I’m not sure they’ve actually noticed.

Over the last two days, we’ve been designing parks for our cities. Inspired by what actual landscape design looks like, we’ve been using lots of circles! (And doing some calculations, naturally…)

Loving this project so much! I’m so excited to be able to see our finished city.

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