Construct a Square and a Nine-Point Circle

Anyone can draw a square, but can you CONSTRUCT a square? Here is a resource that challenges math scholars to create steps to finish their own construction. They test their ability to read and follow directions to complete a construction of a nine-point circle.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an independent assignment challenge
  • Encourage multiple methods for constructing the square; ask pupils to write out their steps in addition to performing the construction
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars should be familiar with basic constructions and comfortable with notation
Pros
  • The first task is open-ended, allowing learners to develop a plan of action
  • The second task highlights the importance of notation and the ability to read mathematically
Cons
  • None
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