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Function of Geometry in Construction


Over the course, you will explore the function of geometry in construction.  In particular, you will learn about basic geoemtry concepts such as points, lines, and planes, parallel and perpendicular lines, and angles, and explore how they are used in building technology.

You will also remodel a room using the geometry concepts covered in this course.  For the remodeling you will select resources (ie materials, supplies, labor), collect pricing information and organize a general plan; design a scale drawing of your remodeling plan; organize and display the budget and drawing using technology. You will share your ideas with the class throughout the process and provide a presentation at the end.

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Section 1

This section will allow you to share information about yourself and your previous knowledge about Geometry.  You will explore the Geometry around you using pcitures and 360 Cities and use ANIMOTO to create a short movie.  You will read a short article and answer the questions, "When will I ever use Geometry?"

 About You Survey
 Geometry surrounds us
 Virtual Field Trip Assignment
 360 Cities
 When am I ever going to use Geometry?
 When am I every going to use Geometry?
Section 2

This section will review basic geometric concepts and skills that you will need in order to relate Geometry to the world around you.  You will apply your knowledge using GeoGebra.  To demonstrate your understanding, you will be relating geometric concepts to a building in your community and sharing it through a VoiceThread.

 Intro to Geometry

Points, Lines, and Planes

 Describing What You See
 Model Points, Lines, Planes
 GeoGebra Assignment Instructions
 GeoGebra Applet
 Inserting an Image into GeoGebra

Angle Measure

 Angle Measure Lesson Instructions
 Angles and Their Parts
 Measure and Classify Angles
 Determine the Measurement of Angles
 Angles Quiz

Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Instructions
 Paralel and Perpendicular Lines Activity 1
 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Activity 2
 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines Activity 3

Scale Factor

 Scale Factor Instructions
 Scale Factor Quiz

Surface Area

 Area Activity

In order to complete the SketchUp activity, make sure you first download SketchUp to your computer.

 Google SketchUp Download
 Google SketchUp Activity

Geometry 101 Assessment

 Geometry 101 Assessment Instructions
 GeoGebra Applet
 Inserting an Image into GeoGebra
 Doodling in VoiceThread
 Sharing your VoiceThread
 Geometry 101 Assessment
Section 3

This section will help you develop geometric construction skills using Google SketchUp.  This tool is commonly used by professionals in the real world and can be used to model 3-D objects.  To demonstrate your understanding, you will be designing and creating a model of a chair.

 Google SketchUp Download
 Google SketchUp: Concepts
 Google SketchUp: Drawing Shapes
 Google SketchUp: Modify Tools
 Google SketchUp: Create a Chair
Section 4


Congratulations!! You and your team have the opportunity to makeover a room in your home. Now you must design it. In this project you will be selecting resources (i.e. materials, supplies, labor), collecting pricing information and organizing a general plan; designing a scale drawing of the remodeling plan; organizing and displaying the budget and drawing using technology.  Finally, you will publish and share your project electronically.

This room will include everything and anything you desire. It will also include some of the geometric concepts we have been studying (which is of course something you desire!!). Your team members will be the architects and the construction managers of this project. 

 Apartment Alterations
 Sweat Equity
 Getting Started with Google Docs!
 Working with a Google Docs Spreadsheet


 Project Expectations
 Remodeling Project Weekly Update Forum
Section 5

This section will provide you the opportunity to organize your project and present your pitch.  The presentations will be posted online, so it needs to include audio and visual components.  Explore the different presentation options linked below to determine which one will best fit your needs.  Your audience will include peers, teachers, and professionals.

Presentation Options

 Jing Project
 Google Docs Presentation
 Paperslide Video Presentation
 Xtranormal Text-to-Movie
 Project Pitch
Section 6

This is a high school Geometry unit that was developed to provide students an opportunity to connect Geometry to the real world. This course was designed for students who have a basic understanding of Geometry concepts. Feel free to add more content as you feel necessary. We can be contacted via email at or

 MN Math and Educational Technology Standards Alignment Document

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