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Wixie and the Real World of Math: Symmetrical Designs

Posted by Scott Loomis on Jun 16, 2020 4:41:42 AM

Although the concept of symmetry is introduced as early as first grade, it isn't until fourth grade that assessment indicators involving symmetry are listed in most standards. At this point, students build, draw and analyze the various properties of two-dimensional shapes. Within geometry this includes the study of lines, angles, classifying shapes, and recognizing and identifying lines of symmetry. The Designing a Flying Disc template provides the ideal assessment for the symmetry standards.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below. 

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Create Rotation Tessellations in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 27, 2020 2:13:26 PM

You can use Wixie’s paint tools to create a rotation tessellation.

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Topics: common core, tessellation, math

Create Reflection Tessellations in Wixie

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Apr 27, 2020 1:27:25 PM

Students can use the paint tools in Wixie to create their own reflection tessellations.

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Topics: Wixie, tessellation, math, reflection, shapes

Wixie and the Real World of Math: Swimming Pool Volume

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 23, 2020 10:26:45 AM

With the introduction of volume, fifth-grade students learn to measure three-dimensional space. Recognizing volume and understanding it as a measurement of a space involving cubic units is an important skill. Wixie includes a Swimming Pool Volume template to provide opportunities for a guess-and-check calculation of volume in a real world context.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below. 

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Wixie and the Real World of Math: Mini Golf Measurements

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 13, 2020 10:49:23 AM

One could easily argue that there is no more authentic math calculation than determining the area and perimeter. There are countless examples of 'real world' applications including:

  • the necessity to calculate the perimeter of a room before deciding on the amount of carpet or crown molding you need to buy, or 
  • calculating the perimeter of your yard to better estimate the amount of grass seed or fertilizer required.

One of my all time favorite examples involves a mini golf course design. I remember fondly spreading out pieces of carpet and wooden two-by-fours on the floor of my fifth-grade classroom. My students then completed a performance assessment in which they had to calculate the area and perimeters of a handful of given hole designs, so they could order the correct amount of material. Finally, they could create their own design and have a friend attempt the calculations. You can use Mini Golf Measurements activity in Wixie to do the same activity.

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

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