Day 57: Fence Problem Part II

Geometry spent their second day on the The Fence Problem. I went over the opener (in yesterday’s post) and it was interesting to see that a majority of students created a right triangle.


To create an area of 15 u^2 students needed some x value of 6. After I put the right triangle on the board I paused for a bit and just let students process the situation. A couple minutes passed and a student raised their hand and said (6,-10) will also work. We drew the triangle then I started getting other responses; (6, 2.5), (6, -5), (6,-100) ect.

I asked students to take out the fence problem again and used this new knowledge to help them.

They struggled still in proving a general case. I am OK with this.

We eventually worked through the solution as a class.

Here are a few of my thoughts after this activity:

  • I need to do more problems where I introduce a key idea on the second day and give students an entire period to struggle.
  • I am still too helpful.
  • These are students on the advanced track; they probably have never had a problem that takes them more than a day to solve.
  • Generalizing is a huge idea in geometry (proofs) I need to do a better job of tying everything together.

I encourage everyone out there to try this activity; it is worth the time and struggle for students!


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