# Investigating Points, Lines, and Planes Activity

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Lexie
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This is a great activity I usually use the 2nd day of my Geometry classes. The first day they learned about points, lines, and planes, and were given a brief explanation on how to draw figures. For this activity I have the students work in groups of 2 or 3 and give them notecards, string, scissors, and tape (optional). They are required to "create" each statement using these materials. I walk around the room and sign off when they have it correct. I do NOT help them. I just say yes or no. They get a little fustrated, but it does make them work together to figure things out. Once they have it made correctly, they draw a figure of it also.
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I downloaded the "Investigating Points, Lines, and Planes" Activity and didn't see any specific instructions regarding the yarn, index cards, tape, etc. How many of each to each group? Is there anything written on the index cards, etc? Thanks!
October 31, 2009
Lexie  (TpT Seller)
Well what I usually do is have the students get into groups of 2 or 3...more than 3 they get distracted and don't work as well together. Then I hand them the worksheet and tell them that they need to make a 3-D model of the statement. I explain to them that the notecards represent planes (and that they go on forever...even past the notecard itself), the string represents a line (I also give them scissors to cut the string if they need to), and the tape is to help them keep everything together. Once they have a model done, I initial one box and let them know that now they can draw the model. If they draw the model 1st, a lot of times they get it wrong. Also, for the 1st 5 to 10 minutes I don't help at all. I just say yes or no. It gets them a little fustrated, but I have found that they learn better that way at first. The fun one is when they get to the line intersects a plane...make sure you make them have the yarn actually go through the center of the plane. A lot of times they will try to hold it beside the plane or above the plane. By making the whole, it helps them remember that it intesects at a point.

Hope this info was helpful...please write back if I didn't mention anything. I would do the activity yourself first, then do it with the kids.

Thanks for buying...if you like the activity, please give me a rating! LExie
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