Increasing Spatial Reasoning Skills: Optimization of Measurement
Although maximizing the area of a 4-sided rectangular enclosure is usually considered quite basic for most students, understanding why maximizing a 3-sided rectangular enclosure does not yield a square can be more difficult.
To help address this student learning need, here is the animation created for maximizing the area of a 3-sided rectangular enclosure by using a situation where we must rope in a swimming area at the beach:
Stage By Stage PDF File
Here is a stage-by-stage PDF file for you to grab, if you’d like:
Please let me know if you and your students found this resource helpful!
If you’re interested in creating animations for your own math class, download Keynote here: