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Enrich your students' online experience with Windjammer Environmental Center by using the questions below to discuss key math concepts. To help you stretch your students’ thinking, we’ve included a variety of questions that span the hierarchy of thinking skills, as indicated in italics at the end of each question.

Access for All!
Why is a ramp into the center a better choice than a stairway?   Evaluation
What is the purpose of the curbs on the sides of the ramp?   Evaluation
What other safety features are probably important to include on the ramp? Explain why you think they should be included.   Synthesis/Evaluation
What missing measurement must you calculate first before being able to find the area of the ramp?   Knowledge/Comprehension
Explain the Pythagorean Theorem.   Comprehension
How is the Pythagorean Theorem used in determining the missing measurement?   Comprehension
How will you determine the length of the curb?   Comprehension

3 R's: Rest, Relax, Reflect
What is a gazebo?   Knowledge
Do you think that including the gazebo is a good idea? Why or why not?   Evaluation
What math is involved in determining the size of the gazebo on the grid?   Knowledge
Why is the information about the east-west and north-south dimensions included?   Knowledge
What is the shape of the gazebo? Is it a regular polygon? How do you know?   Knowledge
Is there more than one place it can be located?   Analysis
What must you find in order to know how much slip-resistant material is needed to cover the floor?   Knowledge
How will you separate the figure into regions to determine its area?   Application

Pentagonal Plot
Why would you want to attract birds, bees, and butterflies?   Evaluation
What would you need to know in order to attract them?   Knowledge
Why would you need to add a new soil mix?   Comprehension
What math is involved in determining the size of the garden on the grid?   Knowledge
What is the shape of the garden? Is it a regular polygon? How do you know?   Knowledge
Is there more than one place it can be located?   Analysis
Explain the meaning of one side being perpendicular to another.   Comprehension
What must you find in order to know how much of the new soil mix is needed?   Knowledge
How will you separate the figure into regions to determine its area?   Application
How will you use the information about how much the scoop holds?   Comprehension/Analysis

Get Physically Fit!
Is it a good idea to have an obstacle course in the Windjammer Center? Support your answer. Who do you think will use it?
Evaluation
What other kinds of equipment could be included in the course and what would be their purpose?   Synthesis/Evaluation
Describe a reflection. What is a line of reflection?   Knowledge/Comprehension
Describe a rotation. What does it mean to rotate an object 180 degrees?   Knowledge/Comprehension
Describe a translation.   Knowledge/Comprehension

Aquatic Adventure
What are some reasons for putting a pond in an environmental center?   Evaluation
What kinds of plants would be needed for the pond?   Analysis/Evaluation
Is including goldfish a good idea? What are your reasons?   Evaluation
What math is involved in calculating the amount of dirt to remove?   Knowledge
How will you use the information about how much a scoop holds?   Comprehension/Analysis
How will you use the information about how many gallons are in a cubic foot?   Comprehension/Analysis
Think about the math used in calculating the amount of dirt to remove and the amount of water needed to fill the pond. How are they the same? How are they different?   Analysis

Slam Dunk!
Why would a designer of an environmental center include a basketball court?   Evaluation
Would you have chosen something else to include instead of the basketball court? Support your decision.   Evaluation
What math is involved in calculating the total length of the lines to be painted?   Knowledge
What formulas do you need to use?   Knowledge
How will you use the information about how much one can of paint will cover?   Comprehension/Analysis

E-luminate!
What makes a light "energy-efficient"?   Knowledge
Why would the designer of Windjammer Center want to use energy efficient lights?   Evaluation
What kind of transformation is needed to describe the movement from light to light?   Analysis
Describe a translation on a coordinate plane.   Knowledge/Comprehension

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