Middle School Mathematics students, in the School for the Deaf, are learning about area of polygons. During a paper cutting activity, we discovered rectangles and parallelograms are not so different, after all! Students started with a rectangle, exploring how area equals length times width. Students then, cut diagonally, starting at a corner of the rectangle ending on the opposite side, creating a right triangle. Once the triangle section was removed, students slid that piece to the opposite side of the rectangle, creating a parallelogram! We discovered the area for a parallelogram is base times height.
Students, who are blind/visually impaired and in the Bridges to Life class, baked apple pies, during the independent life skills class. From finding a recipe to using adaptive strategies to cut their pie, all were actively engaged in this project. The students felt pride in their baking successes and took fun pictures of each other.