How Tall Am I?

Which method results in a better estimate of the height? Using  different methods, groups estimate the height of three objects on campus. They record their measurements and any necessary computations and compare them to the actual heights of the objects.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Investigate other methods to find heights of objects such as those listed here
  • Review finding a missing side of a right triangle using trigonometric ratios
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should be familiar with trigonometric ratios
Pros

  • Provides a template and directions on how to build a clinometer
  • Includes a list of misconceptions that may occur during the lesson
Cons

  • The lesson does not provide the thumb height nor the between-the-legs height rules
Common Core