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Geometry and Classification of 2D Figures: Bianca Busts a Move

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In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca breaks her friend’s tabletop when she’s practicing dance moves in his living room. She uses measurement and geometry to get a new piece of wood that will fit the table exactly. The accompanying classroom activity helps students advance their understanding of perimeter and area by creating their own tabletop designs. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Career Connections | Art Auctioneer

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Art auctioneers price and sell a wide variety of items. They usually work at an auction house and lead the bidding for live auctions.

Graffiti Art: Scaling

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Learn about the mathematics behind the work of a graffiti artist as he describes how scale factor and measurement are an integral part of the mural design process in this video from Center for Asian American Media. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Pythagorean Theorem in Kapa Design

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Listen to a master quilt maker discuss the relationship between art and mathematics as she demonstrates how the Pythagorean theorem is an important part of the pattern design process in this video from the Center for Asian American Media. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Scaling Up Photographs

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca takes on a new job in a print shop. Her first assignment is to enlarge a photograph of the King of Sloovoonia. The enlargement is supposed to be a life-size image of the six-foot tall king. Working with percentages, Bianca makes a few failed attempts before she finally creates an enlargement that is the proper height and width.

Career Connections | Architect Sports Planner

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An associate principal of an architectural firm that designs stadiums and athletic facilities talks about his love of drawing from a young age and how he thinks "outside the box" to make a client's vision a reality.

Shoshone Parfleche | Wyoming's Native Americans

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Students will gain an understanding of the Shoshone tribe while learning about the Shoshone Parfleche from the WyomingPBS video.

Thinkport | Folding Sculptures

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Watch sculptor Mary Ann Mears demonstrate how she uses scale modeling and other mathematics in creating geometric sculptures in this video from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students design a scale model of a sculpture for the school grounds. They calculate the height and width that the full-size sculpture would be. To get the most from this lesson, students should have some exposure to scale models and be comfortable using a protractor to measure and draw angles. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "A Focus on Surface Area and Scale Drawings" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

Graffiti Art: Supplies

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Learn how to calculate the area of paintings and shapes as graffiti artist Scape Martinez uses math to plan the supplies required for his artwork in this video from the Center for Asian American Media. In the accompanying classroom activity, students learn how to calculate the area of a large letter to be painted, create their own design, and determine how much spray paint they would need to paint it. To get the most from this lesson, students should know how to find the area of shapes and be able to use a constant of proportionality to find proportional relationships. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

The Lowdown | A-Rhythm-Etic

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Rock out to a musical demonstration of math involved in constructing rhythms from groups of beats in this video from KQED. In the accompanying classroom activity, students consider how the note durations comprising a measure in 3/4 time relate to fractions that sum to 1. Then, they create and perform their own 3/4 measures comprised of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes. To get the most from the activity, students should have experience adding fractions with unlike denominator. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Radio Host and Producer | Great Job!

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Tony Ganzer works as a host and producer for WCPN, Cleveland's popular NPR affiliate, but he's covered everything from tourism in Arizona to banks in Switzerland and revolution in Egypt, and has reported stories in multiple languages. In this video we follow his career over several continents and learn why journalists must often delve into the complicated world of finance.

Geometry and Spatial Relations: It's a Perfect Fit (Part 2)

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In this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of geometry and spatial relations by having students identify and describe numerical relationships found among pattern block shapes. Students learn to join pattern block pieces together to cover a region. This resource group is part of the Mathline Elementary School Math Project.

Between the Lions - Letter Bit: Shapes

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Watch real kids introduce different shapes from their everyday lives. This video segment from Between the Lions focuses on recognizing and naming some of the shapes that can be found around you in your everyday life.

Episode 210 - Blossom and Snappy Go to the Zoo, Part II | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy help Robbie prepare for her math class by drawing pictures of animals that her students will be able to sort. But in order to find out what certain animals look like, Blossom and Snappy visit the zoo again.

Blossom and Snappy Build Scale Models | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy learn about scale models and how they are used in the design and construction of buildings. They visit an architectural firm, a construction site, Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery, and Clark Atlanta University Science Center. They learn how to build their own scale model of a house.

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