This is the follow up to a post I wrote last week in response to a blog post by Kate Nowak titled In Defense of Unsexy about posting our regular “boring” functional lessons, and not just the cool, innovative & “sexy” ones we think will impress others.

**Act 1: Prompt, notice & wonder**

**Missing Side Length**

Act 1: Estimate

Act 2 & 3: Solve & Discuss strategies & errors as a class

Since I wasn’t originally planning to blog about this lesson, I only took a photo of one group’s board; the one we voted as the most correct & nicely communicated. The class especially liked that they had solved with 2 different formulas to check their work.

**Missing angle w/ Trig**

Act 1: Estimate

Act 2 & 3: Solve & Discuss strategies & errors as a classWe use a trig table in order to find values, but during act 3 I did some direct teaching about how to use their calculator buttons for sin, cos & tan as they needed to do so in order to get angle measures to the nearest hundredth in their homework on Khan Academy.

**Remaining missing angle**

Finally we used the PearDeck drawing slide in order to solve for the 3rd angle (this was done individually at their desks as opposed to in our small groups at the vertical boards).

Homework was this set on Khan Academy.

As always, here is the full folder for this activity.

– Laura Wheeler (Teacher @ Ridgemont High School, OCDSB; Ottawa, ON)

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