Geometry Assessments

“Hey teacher! How will we ever use this stuff?”

Notes to the Teacher

Here is a collection of math assessments written especially for high school. They were created with Wyoming Math Standards in mind, but since they are based on the NCTM standards any teacher from any state will probably find them useful.

Each assessment is written to be a short, quick assignment that will give the teacher an easy way to see progress in different areas. Wyoming teachers can think of these as ‘mini BOE activities’. Most will take only a few minutes to complete, thus you don’t have to make big changes in your current curriculum. We also tried to base these on real-life applications so students can see the relevance in everyday life.

There are a total of 60 assessments written for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry. You can use as many or as few as you would like.

Ideas and suggestions are welcome. We would like to keep updating and improving these exercises. Send suggestions to Jim Hoffman at hoffman@bgh4.k12.wy.us

Wyoming Math Standards:
1-Number Operations and Concepts
2-Geometry
3-Measurement
4-Algebra
5-Data Analysis and Probability

Each of the assessments has a short description including math skills used and standards assessed. You can download the files in Word format (.doc) and make any changes you like. Just click the title to download.

Geometry

Building a Planter Box: Bob has three long pieces of wood lying in his scrap pile. He thought it would be good to use the wood…(math skills used: writing expressions, perimeter, problem solving / standards 1,2,3)

Mini Golf Analysis: Mini golf courses are similar to putting areas on a regular golf course except they usually have oddly shaped…(math skills used: area, perimeter, creating a budget / standards 1,2,3)

Water Tower: Modern water towers have been in use since the 18th century and can be seen throughout the world. Pressurization…(math skills used: surface area, volume, rate / standards 2,3)

Handicapped Accessible: The Americans with Disabilities Act sets strict standards for handicapped accessible ramps. The slope…(math skills used: sine, proportions, similar triangles / standards 2,3)

Dart Game: Janine made a rectangular dart board with three different colors on it. Janine assigned the following point…(math skills used: probability, area, ratios / standards 2,3,5)

Decorating for Prom: The prom decorating committee has designed a layout for the decorations. There will be three walls…(math skills used: lateral area, perimeter, finding cost / standards 1,2,3,5)

Endangered Birds: Ken is a biologist that is trying to photograph and study and endangered bird. He has found data showing…(math skills used: analyzing data, mean, median, mode / standards 1,5)

Survival Hike: Alicia is leading a group of four hikers into the back country for a week long trip. She has to determine the amount of food…(math skills used: analyzing data, equation of a line / standards 1,4,5)

Food Supply: Lucille has three camps in the back country. Each camp has its own food storage. She was planning…(math skills used: equation of a line / standards 1,4,5)

Tall Buildings: Alex, Bobbi, Carla, and Darrell live in four adjacent buildings. Alex knows the height of his building…(math skills used: Pythagorean thm, similar triangles / standards 1,2,3,4)

Dog Sled Race: Charles is the coordinator for a dog sled race. He is in charge of setting up checkpoints and first aid stations…(math skills used: distance formula, midpoint formula / standards 2,3)

Leaning Shed: Paul has an old shed that is leaning. He believes he can fix it by carefully pulling it back to an upright…(math skills used: quadrilateral properties, Pythagorean thm / standards 1,2,3,4)

Spinner Game: Jody and Dan created a game using the spinner shown. Dan will get two points if the spinner lands in the…(math skills used: probabililty, area, ratio / standards 1,2,3,5)

Pouring Cement: Lloyd works at a gravel pit where they sell sand and gravel and also deliver cement. They currently have a large pile…(math skills used: volume, tangent, unit conversions / standards 1,2,3,4)

Running Laps: Shelly and Mary are teammates on the track team. They both like to run long distance races. Shelly averages…(math skills used: linear graphs, rate / standards 1,3,4)