Geometry students calculated the height of the classroom ceiling and the hallway. Cooperative groups of four students each fulfilled their responsibility to measure three segments and solve for a missing value. Using similar triangles theorem Angle-Angle-Similarity allowed students to set up a proportion. This is an indirect measurement of height since we didn’t actually get a ladder and measure the wall.
Students appreciate the hands-on application of lessons to life. We do many story problems, but today students also had to read the tape measure!