Using “The Simpsons” to Teach Solids
In my Geometry classes, I use the television show “The Simpsons” to teach volume and surface area. In the 10 minute episode titled 3D Homer, Homer goes into a world filled with Geometric solids. In the episode, Patty and Selma visit the Simpson family and Homer, desperate to avoid them, looks behind a bookcase and enters an eerie new world in which everything is in 3D.
The format of this lesson is as follows:
- Have the students watch the 10 minute episode. It is part of their annual Treehouse of Horror Halloween shows (e-mail me if you want the clip). You may want to have student write down math related things they see in the show.
- Discuss the episode and the math topics.
- Have students work in groups (or individually) on the SIMPSONS ACTIVITY WORKSHEET. The tasks of the activity include naming 3D solids in the episode, calculating the height of a pond in the 3D world, and finding the volume, lateral area, and surface area of various solids.
- Discuss and/or collect the activity.
I hope you enjoy the lesson. Please comment below.
Posted on April 2, 2012, in Athena High Best Practices, Athena Middle Best Practices, Research & Strategies and tagged engagement, Geometry, lateral area, Simpsons, solids, surface area, volume. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.