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Pyramid Volume in SketchUp  ☆

Frequently, students' first instinct about the volume of a pyramid is that is must be 1/2 the volume of a prism. While there are many ways of helping students understand the correct relationship, including conducting an experiment to see how many times "filling" a pyramid, say with rice, is needed to fill a prism (with …

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Unrolling Circles in GSP  ☆

From my own experiences, students often struggle to understand what circumference means as a measurement. (Such difficulties are also reiterated on student's performance on standardized test questions.) In order to help their conceptualization, I created a GSP document that allows students to roll and unroll a circle, keeping visual track of its length. The aim …

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