The Secondary Classroom can be fun too..... · Jul 1, 2014

Unit Circle Art!

Finally! I am getting around to this post. I'm actually really proud of the results of this project and I am so sorry that it took so long to get around to!
Last year, I had the kids do a Real World Trig Functions Project where they created a collage of real world pictures featuring the Trig Functions and Solved some Real World Problems. Well, this time around, I had them do those two things as well but this time, I added a part 1, an artistic representation of the Unit Circle!!
Hello Kitty Puzzle
The results were great! (See more results below) And I think one of the contributions to this part being so wonderful was the fact that for each part of the project, I had varying due dates which made this rather large project manageable. Each project was due within about a week of one another (typically after we were done learning about the topic for a while - Unit Circle / Shapes of Trigonometric Functions / Solving Trigonometric Equations.
Below are also the instructions/rubric that I gave to the kids. Apparently, they were decent enough instructions because the kids understood what they were doing. Pretty much, they are just check boxes (a concept which I love doing on my instructions and my To Do Lists in my word docs.
Part 1: You are to create an artistic representation of The Unit Circle
¨Using your choice of medium (if you think your medium is not school appropriate or would make Miss Rudolph frown, please get prior consent) ¨Your display should include all the angles in degrees/radians. Please be sure to measure the angles with a protractor to ensure accuracy of your scale representation ¨Also include sine, cosine, and tangent values for EACH degree ¨Fewer points may be given if your object is already a circle or it appears you put forth very little effort. ¨Be creative and have fun! ¨You may receive bonus points for going “above and beyond”
Points Possible
Neat / Organized / Legible Labeling
Creativity / Uniqueness
Evidence of Effort
Total Points: ____ / 30

The helicopter was possibly one of the more impressive representations. The propeller actually spun!

I'm always a fan of some good old fashioned drawing and I love how this was a a good combo of biology meeting math. This could be a good way to further incorporate outside subject areas.
Okay, the kids know I like to eat.....
Yep, that's right, hand sewn unit circle.
Origami Style!
Two of my boys liked the pizza idea. You can kind of see the other result on the right hand side of this picture.
This will for sure be hanging in my room next year.
Yes, you are seeing correct. Teenagers know how to sew! Quite well!
Lastly, this student presented their Unit Circle by creating a CAD model and printing it off of our 3-D printer.... LOVE TECHNOLOGY!!! I was madly impressed by this one.
Oh and here's a pretty awesome
Stop Motion that one of my kids made....
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