Education Technology

REAL LIFE REAL WORLD Activity - Surveyor

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Surveyors describe land parcels with distance and angle measurements, often given as compass headings. Once the boundaries of the land parcel are described, the surveyor can calculate the area of the land. This activity uses Cabri Jr. Geometry software to create a diagram for a sample parcel of land and find its area.

Before the Activity

If needed, introduce the features and tools of Cabri Jr.™ with the file "Getting Started with Cabri Jr."

During the Activity

The Teacher pages of the file give Answer Keys and a "Discuss with Students" section reviewing scale drawings and proportions.
The Student pages of the file include the Technology Activity, Extensions, and Resources.

After the Activity

Review student answers:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary