CONGRUENCE ACTIVITY WITH SKETCHPAD
How much information of what kind do you need in order to draw exactly the same triangleas I have already drawn ? A lesson on communicating information.
Students will need a sheet of paper, pencil/pen, and a Laptop (or access to a computer) foreach PAIR
TWO ALTERNATIVES FOR STUDENT WORKSHEETALTERNATIVE ONEStudents to access a Sketchpad worksheet from either a school server or Teacher Flash Drive.It contains six triangles (each labelled ABC) which will be used in this activity. This will needto be constructed in advance. (Construction notes given on p.4.)ALTERNATIVE TWOAt the start of the lesson students construct their own set of six triangles, each labelled ABC.Personally I prefer Alternative One as it enable more time to be spent on the real activityrather than preparing for it.Wave the answer sheet (p. 3 of these notes) around, showing that you have a number of triangles drawn on it, and that you want them to be able to draw exact copies. Clearlyproviding all angles and all sides (6 pieces of information) would enable them to draw anexact copy, but could we draw exact copies when provided with less than 6 pieces of information ?Ask students to guess what the smallest number of pieces of information that will be requiredwill be. Write the guesses on the board.The students must specify exactly which side or angle they require.Give the students the first measurement value they ask for. It is useful to direct request from aparticular student.For the students to start drawing their copy, they need to act as follows :SidesOn the TOOLBOX Palette, select POINTER.Click blank, then click on the selected side.On the MEASURE Menu, select LENGTHA statement will appear in the top left corner of the screen.(If side AC was selected, then mCA = 6.5 cm or mAC = 6.5 cm appears)Click and drag either end of line till required length is obtainedAnglesOn the TOOLBOX Palette, select POINTER. Click blank.Holding the SHIFT key, click on the vertices in order of angle designation.On the MEASURE Menu, select ANGLE.A statement will appear in the top left corner of the screen.(If angle BAC was selected, then m
BAC = 83˚ or similar appears)Click and drag either free end till required angle is obtained