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Indirect Measurement of Height

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!