Sunday, June 3, 2012

Life In An Unparalleled World

School is out for the summer!  To me that means one thing, our trip to Budapest Hungary with a side trip to Bratislava Slovakia is now the top priority!  But I have have one more school related post before jumping on a plane and heading east. One of the final projects that my Geometry class had a choice of choosing was the following:

  Show how different the world would be if there were no parallel lines by drawing a picture or series of pictures with an included description of how things would be different, by writing a poem or a story with an included illustration to go along with the poem or story, or by creating a video showing how things would be different. You will present this to the class either in a digital or non-digital manner.

 There were other projects they could have picked, but I had two students pick this one.  I wanted to share the pictures drawn by one student and a poem written by another student.  I really liked the pictures and the poem blew me away.  (I told her it had to rhyme, because I taught math and that is how poetry needed to be in my math world.)  

Pictures first by Marissa.

Unparalleled comunity
This is a community and how it would look with no parallel lines.  Roads are crazy and houses even crazier.

Unparalleled buliding2
Example 1 of how an unparalleled house could look.

Unparalleled building
Example 2 of how an unparalleled house could look.  Looks a little melted!

Now the poem by Morgan.

An Unparalleled World

In the morning Susie woke
And fell right out of bed
And this was quite a painful thing
Because she hit her head

When she came to, once again
Inspection soon disclosed
She had fallen off her mattress
‘Cause its edges had transposed

Instead of resting straight across
From each opposite side
The borders were crooked and wrong
Parallelity defied

Moving on from her changed room
Susie was in for more
In place of a rectangle
Was a pentagonal door

The hallways curved and twisted
Toward the living room
Where she plopped down on the rounded couch
And tried to watch some toons

This wasn’t easy, she soon learned
To watch a TV set
When in place of a nice square
A triangle’s what you get

She flew into a frenzy then
Horrified by what she found
Nothing lined up side by side
And many things were round

She ran outside the twisted gate
Trying not to see
Then tripped on the curved edges
And fell to scrape her knee

The odd buildings looked unstable
As she ran along the street
Headed to the railway
Where she had a train to meet

The cars lined up beside the road
Were all perpendicular parked
The stop sign was a different shape
Though similarly marked

All the changes that she saw
Just made her more upset
But she made it to the station
Which was as far as she would get

She hadn’t thought of it before
But a train just wouldn’t work
If the tracks could not be side by side
A ride would go berserk

Desperate for a way to leave
She raced to a desk nearby
The man there asked her for her name
She was happy to comply

“Susie Keller,” she then panted
Waiting for a while
The man frowned at his circle screen
Then looked up, still no smile

“I think we have a problem ma’am
With the double-L
I’m sure that you have learned by now
But they are parallel.”

“But-“ she started, then she stopped
The understanding came
Without parallel lines she knew
It’d never be the same

Needless to say, but I will say it anyways, they both received a very high grade from me!  I love seeing my students creative sides!  Next post(s) will be about our trip to Budapest Hungary and Bratislava Slovakia.  Stay tuned for all the foreign excitement!