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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

IWitness News: Breaking into Geometry

Ashley Bailey
Bear Creek Middle School
Barrow County Schools

Grade Level and Content

6th Grade


In this interactive geometry unit, students work in differentiated groups to master finding the area and volume of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Throughout the unit, students use technology – including iPads, video conferencing apps, and 3D printers – to identify shapes around the school and practice geometric calculations. The unit concludes with a final project where students diagram, label, and calculate the volume and surface area of their classroom.

Standard Addressed

M.6.G.1.; M.6.G.2.; M.6.G.4.; M.6.EE.2c.; M.6.NS.1.; M.6.NS.2.; M.6.NS.3

Available Materials

Unit Introduction
Daily Lesson Plans
Prior Knowledge Skills Assessment Quiz
2-D Anchor Chart
Prior Knowledge Skills Warm-Up
Double Bubble Map Shape Comparison Template
Perimeter and Area Practice Activity Sheet
Composite Figure Guide
3-D Anchor Chart
Performance Task Model
Performance Task Rubric

Video of Unit

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About the Teacher

Ashley Bailey is currently a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Bear Creek Middle School in Statham, GA. Ms. Bailey received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from Piedmont College, Master of Education from Brenau University, and an Education Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. She serves as a representative on the School Governance Team and a Digital Coach for the county. Her best piece of teaching advice is to try something new, and if it doesn’t work, try something else – don’t give up on the idea just because it didn’t work the first time.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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