# Lesson 6: Drawing Geometric Shapes

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1 Student Outcomes Students use a compass, protractor, and ruler to draw geometric shapes based on given conditions. Lesson Notes The following sequence of lessons is based on standard 7.G.A.2: Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions. Focus on constructing triangles from three measurements of angles or sides, noticing when the conditions determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. Instruction including the use of a compass is included to develop deeper understanding of geometric relationships and also as preparation for high school geometry. By the close of Lesson 6, students should be able to use a ruler, protractor, and compass to draw simple figures. Although students have previously worked with a ruler and protractor, they have negligible experience using a compass before Grade 7. Therefore, they will need to be given some time for exercises that demonstrate how to accurately use a compass. Practice through simple constructions, will prepare students for Lessons 7 12, which require drawing triangles according to the conditions that determine a unique triangle, more than one triangle, or no triangle. For example, by constructing a triangle with three given side-lengths, students gain a better understanding of how the construction is done and why this condition always yields a unique triangle. As always, teachers should gauge how students handle the early exercises and proceed with their students performance in mind. If students struggle with questions, such as questions 2 and 3, try giving them variations of the same questions before moving forward. The goal of the lesson is to draw geometric shapes using a compass, protractor, and ruler. If students struggle to develop a facility with these tools, spend more time on the exercises with fewer instructions. Students should have some experience with freehand sketches. Consider doing some exercises twice: once with a tool and once without. To highlight Mathematical Practice 5, students should have the opportunity to compare creating a diagram with a tool versus doing it freehand. MP. 5 Classwork Exploratory Challenge (25 minutes) Ideally, the Exploratory Challenge is done in small groups so that students can compare and discuss the constructions as they finish them. After the allotted 30 minutes, or periodically, responses can be discussed as a whole class by sharing individual work from each group. Another option is to post examples of work around the classroom at the end of the Exploratory Challenge and have a gallery walk. Date: 4/9/14 61

2 Discussion (5 minutes) The purpose of this lesson is to develop a familiarity with the tools of construction through problems. Students will construct several basic geometric shapes and composite figures. Discuss what a compass is and how to use it. A compass is a tool for drawing circles. The point where the needle of the compass sits represents the center of the circle and its radius can be adjusted by widening or narrowing the two arms of the compass. Tips to drawing circles with a thumbscrew compass: - Adjust the compass to the intended radius length. Scaffolding: Ten problems are provided, but teachers can choose how many to work through based on students abilities. - Using one hand, place weight on the point of the compass and let the pencil-end be relatively loose. - Angle the compass relative to the paper; holding the compass perpendicular to the paper will make it difficult to maneuver. Holding the compass perpendicular to the paper will make it difficult to maneuver. Angling the compass relative to the paper will make it easier to rotate. What makes using the compass difficult? - Students using traditional, metal compasses might have difficulty keeping weight on the point while drawing with the pencil, dealing with a pencil coming loose and falling out, making a hole in the paper with the point, etc. Students using safety compasses might have difficulty keeping weight on the center of the compass, moving the slider around unintentionally, keeping track of the radius adjustment, etc. Have students to try drawing a few circles of their own before getting to the exercise. There are alternatives to using the kind of compass in the picture; here are two examples: Safety compass Pencil and String compass All three kinds of compasses have pros and cons; use whichever seems best for your students. Over the next several lessons, a compass will be critical in studying the criteria that determine a unique triangle. Date: 4/9/14 62

3 Regarding the rest of the Exploratory Challenge: What, if anything, is challenging about the problems? Reading and following the steps correctly. What can groups do to make sure that everyone proceeds through each problem correctly? Discuss each step and decide what it means before constructing it. Conversely, groups could do the step, and if there are differences, discuss which construction seems correct against the written instruction. Exploratory Challenge Use a ruler, protractor, and compass to complete the following problems. 1. Use your ruler to draw three segments of the following lengths: cm, cm, and cm. Label each segment with its measurement. Remind students how to measure angles accurately using a protractor: 1. Place the center notch of the protractor on the vertex. 2. Put the pencil point through the notch and move the straightedge into alignment. 3. When measuring angles, it is sometimes necessary to extend the sides of the angle so that they intersect with the protractor s scale. Refer to Grade 4, Module 4, Topic B for more information on how to instruct students to measure angles. 2. Draw complementary angles so that one angle is. Label each angle with its measurement. Are the angles required to be adjacent? The complementary angles do not need to be adjacent; the sum of the measurements of the angles needs to be Date: 4/9/14 63

4 How will you begin question 3? I will draw an angle with a measurement of and then extend the rays through the vertex so that the figure looks like an X. Since one angle will have a measurement of, the adjacent angle on the line will measure. 3. Draw vertical angles so that one angle is. Label each angle formed with its measurement Draw three distinct segments of lengths cm, cm, and cm. Use your compass to draw three circles, each with a radius of one of the drawn segments. Label each radius with its measurement. Due to space restrictions, only the two smaller circles are shown here: Date: 4/9/14 64

5 5. Draw three adjacent angles,, and so that,, and. Label each angle with its measurement Draw a rectangle so that cm and cm. 7. Draw a segment that is cm in length. Draw a second segment that is longer than and label one endpoint. Use your compass to find a point on your second segment, which will be labeled, so that. Date: 4/9/14 65

6 8. Draw a segment with a length of your choice. Use your compass to construct two circles: i. A circle with center, and radius. ii. A circle with center, and radius. Describe the construction in a sentence. Two circles with radius are drawn; one has its center at and the other has its center at. A B 9. Draw a horizontal segment, cm in length. a. Draw a point on that is cm from. b. Point will be the vertex of an angle. c. Draw ray so that the ray is above and. d. Draw a point on that is cm from. e. Point will be the vertex of an angle. f. Draw ray so that the ray is above and. 10. Draw segment of length cm. Draw the same circle from and from (i.e., do not adjust your compass in between) with a radius of a length that allows the two circles to intersect in two distinct locations. Label the points where the two circles intersect and. Join and with a segment; join and with a segment. Join and with a segment; join and with a segment. What kind of triangles are and? Justify your response. and are identical isosceles triangles. Both circles are the same size (i.e., have the same radius). Furthermore, the point along each circle is the same distance away from the center no matter where you are on the circle, this means the distance from to is the same as the distance from to (the same follows for ). A triangle with at least two sides of equal length is an isosceles triangle. Date: 4/9/14 66

7 Possible solution: 11. Determine all possible measurements in the following triangle and use your tools to create a copy of it. Date: 4/9/14 67

8 Discussion (8 minutes) In the allotted time, review the solutions to each question as a whole group. As suggested above, share out responses from groups, or have each group put one (or more) response up on a wall and have a gallery walk. Discuss responses to the questions in questions 2, 8, 9, and 10. Question 2: Are the [complementary] angles required to be adjacent? No, complementary angles can be adjacent but do not have to be. The only requirement is for the sum of the measurements of the two angles to be. Question 8: Describe the construction in a sentence. Two circles with radius are drawn; one has its center at and the other has its center at. Question 10: How would you describe the relationship between rays and? Rays and appear to be parallel since they both tilt or slant at the same angle to segment. For question 10, emphasize that the construction requires two circles of the same size as well as circles that intersect in two locations. Question 10: What kind of triangles are and? Justify your response. and are isosceles triangles. Both circles are the same size (i.e., have the same radius). Furthermore, the point along each circle is the same distance away from the center no matter where you are on the circle. This means the distance from to is the same as the distance from to (as is the case for ). A triangle with at least two sides of equal length is an isosceles triangle. Closing (2 minutes) Three tools were used to complete the problems in the Exploratory Challenge, two of which you have already used in the last few years. What did the problems show you about the ways in which you can use a compass? A compass can be used to construct circles, to measure and mark off a segment of equal length to another segment, and to confirm the fact that the radius of the center of a circle to the circle itself remains constant no matter where you are on the circle (question 10). Exit Ticket (5 minutes) Date: 4/9/14 68

9 Name Date Exit Ticket 1. Draw a square with side length equal to cm. Label side and angle measurements. 2. Draw a segment cm in length. Draw a circle whose diameter is segment. Date: 4/9/14 69

10 Exit Ticket Sample Solutions 1. Draw a square with side length equal to cm. Label side and angle measurements. 2. Draw a segment, cm in length. Draw a circle whose diameter is segment. 6 cm Problem Set Sample Solutions Use a ruler, protractor, and compass to complete the following problems. 1. Draw a segment that is cm in length, perpendicular to segment, cm in length. One possible solution: 2. Draw supplementary angles so that one angle is. Label each angle with its measurement. Possible solutions: Date: 4/9/14 70

11 3. Draw triangle so that has a measurement of. One possible solution: A B 100 C 4. Draw a segment that is cm in length. Draw a circle with center and radius. Draw a circle with diameter. One possible solution: 5. Draw an isosceles triangle. Begin by drawing with a measurement of. Use the rays of as the equal legs of the triangle. Choose a length of your choice for the legs and use your compass to mark off each leg. Label each marked point with and. Label all angle measurements. One possible solution: B 50 A C Date: 4/9/14 71

12 6. Draw an isosceles triangle. Begin by drawing a horizontal segment that is cm in length. Use your protractor to draw and so that the measurements of both angles are. If the non-horizontal rays of and do not already cross, extend each ray until the two rays intersect. Label the point of intersection. Label all side and angle measurements. One possible solution: F 120 D 30 6 cm 30 E 7. Draw a segment that is cm in length. Draw a circle with center and a circle with center so that the circles are not the same size, but do intersect in two distinct locations. Label one of these intersections. Join to and to to form. One possible solution: C A 7 cm B 8. Draw an isosceles trapezoid with two equal base angles and that each measure. Use your compass to create the two equal sides of the trapezoid. Leave arc marks as evidence of the use of your compass. Label all angle measurements. Explain how you constructed the trapezoid. W X Z Y Draw segment. Use a protractor and to draw at a measurement of ; do the same to draw. When drawing rays and, length is not specified, so students should have rays long enough so that they can use a compass to mark off lengths that are the same along each ray in the next step. Place the point of the compass at and adjust it to a desired width and mark an arc so that it crosses ray. Label the intersection as. Do the same from along ray and mark the intersection as. Date: 4/9/14 72

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