Ferris Wheels—Tracking the Height of a Passenger Car

Watch your pupils go round and round as they explore periodic behavior. Learners graph the height of a Ferris wheel over time. They repeat the process with Ferris wheels of different diameters.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use scaffolding suggestions to differentiate 
  • Use the lesson as an exploration of period behavior
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesosn requires rulers, protractors, graph paper, small paper plate, card stock, metal fastener, and colored pencils

  • Includes a detailed teaching guide to model instructional strategies
  • Resources include worked-out solution guides

  • None
Common Core