How Tall is That Tree?

One of my most favorite lessons to teach is featured in this month’s issue of NCTM Middle School Mathematics (February, 2014).  If you’re a member of NCTM, click here to check it out and download the handy classroom printables.  If you’re not a member, click here to join NCTM; then click here to read the lesson and download the handy printables (or, you could make friends with someone who is already a member of NCTM . . . like maybe your department head and talk them in to letting you read the lesson!).  However you get your hands on it, I hope you enjoy!

Here’s a little excerpt from the full text:

“The American Forests organization documents the largest trees int he 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Each state, responsible for locating its largest trees to add to the national database, has its own method for measuring and locating tall trees.  Some states rely on amateur tree hunters for nominations.” (MMS pg. 386)

Turn your students into amateur tree hunters in this lesson!

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