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Geometrically Modeling Sea Level Rise

Subject MathGeometry
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Access Free Lesson Plan Here: The Math Behind Sea Level Rise

In this lesson, students use geometry to investigate the question "How much would sea levels rise if Antarctica melted?"

Step 1 - Inquire: Students speculate how one could use geometry to calculate the water level produced by a melting block of ice placed on a classroom table.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students follow mathematical steps to answer the question "How much would sea levels rise if Antarctica melted?"

Step 3 - Inspire: Students explore the effects of sea level rise on coastal communities and the measures being taken to build resilience.

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Lesson Plan
February 10, 2023
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Give an informal argument for the formulas for the circumference of a circle, area of a circle, volume of a cylinder, pyramid, and cone.
Give an informal argument using Cavalieri’s principle for the formulas for the volume of a sphere and other solid figures.
Use volume formulas for cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres to solve problems.
Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).
Apply concepts of density based on area and volume in modeling situations (e.g., persons per square mile, BTUs per cubic foot).
Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost; working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).


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