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Hitting the Slopes with Ski Bird
(already made -- ready to use file)

(Materials for use with Geometer's Sketchpad 4.0 or higher -- not GSP 3.0)

Help students to understand and remember the concept of slope. 
This program was designed to be shown on a 800 x 600 computer screen.
This is one file with only 1 page.  To be used as a demonstration by teacher or as an investigation by students.

These .gsp and .pdf files are to be used only by individual teachers in their own classrooms.
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Download
SkiBirdSlope.gsp

(only for GSP 4.0 or higher)

Download Accompanying Notesheet
(.pdf format)

 


General (and simple) Directions:  
  • Be sure that the students have chosen the arrow in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
  • Be sure that the screen is maximized so that the tabs at the bottom of the screen are visible.  (The middle box at the right is showing a screen in maximized view.)
  • Use the "sliders" on the page to control the size of m (the slope) and b (the y-intercept).   When a line is drawn, "grab" (by clicking on) a Ski Bird  graphic and place him on the line to reinforce the concept being discussed.
  • To end the exploration, choose FILE - CLOSE.  When the box asking if you wish to "Save Changes" appears, choose NO.  This will keep the file in the same state as when you started working.  None of the students' changes (or messing) will be saved.

    SkiBirdSlope.gsp

 

Notesheet

          

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