**Note - I didn't realize that the problem was in meters, so on the last question you can either ask them for meters/min and km/hr or you can have them change meters to feet in the problem. Sorry about that!**

Ferris Wheel Card Match

I'm having my students relate what they've learned about amplitude, period, phase shift and vertical shift to a real world scenario involving ferris wheels. I started by having them read chapter 15 of the book, The Joy of X which I've blogged about before. It's a chapter about the ubiquitousness (is that a word?) of the sine curve. It's a great read! We then focused in on the example of the Ferris wheel that he gives in the chapter. I started by working through the first problem on the worksheet with them. I then turned them loose to do the card match and work the second problem. The conversations they had and the observations they made were amazing! And I love love love the card match - it really forces them to see the connection between the graphs, the equations, and the descriptions of the Ferris wheels. One of the graphs doesn't have a matching equation, so they have to write that equation themselves, and two of the descriptions get used twice, which brings up a great conversation about how that can happen. I loved this activity!

Ferris Wheel Activity

**Note - I didn't realize that the problem was in meters, so on the last question you can either ask them for meters/min and km/hr or you can have them change meters to feet in the problem. Sorry about that!**

Ferris Wheel Card Match

Ferris Wheel Card Match

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Thanks for sharing these activities. They will be used at my school next year for sure when we dive in to trig graphing.

ReplyDeleteBy the way, I think the word you want to use is ubiquity

Your students will love these! And you will too! And I knew ubiquitousness wasn't right because I got the little red squiggle under it, but I wasn't sure what the right word would be, so thanks! Ubiquity!

DeleteJust want you to know I linked to this in my virtual filing cabinet on my website.

ReplyDeleteThanks again!