ERIC Number: ED231641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Turtle Geometry. Teacher's Guide.
San Francisco State Univ., CA.
This document is the sixth of seven units developed by the Math Network Curriculum Project. Each unit, designed to be a 2-week module, is a teacher's guide which includes detailed directions along with the courseware and software needed. Teacher intervention in the non-computer activities that begin each unit is required, and the consistent use of small-group instruction makes the units usable in a standard classroom if two microcomputers are present. In the Turtle Geometry Unit, students use a computer program called Turtleworks (developed by Bill Finzer), to learn a language for geometry. They use this language to construct drawings on the computer and to store them on the Network. When not making designs on the computer, students use Turtle-Tractors, devices similar to protractors, to make drawings on paper. Besides learning to express geometrical ideas in a computer language, students discover theorems about polygons, learn to command more than one turtle at a time, and become expert at seeing how a complex design is built of smaller parts. The computer program was developed for use on a Commodore PET Computer with at least 16K of RAM using 4.0 BASIC. (MNS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Geometric Concepts, Learning Activities, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Materials, Microcomputers, Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Programing, Teaching Guides, Units of Study, Worksheets
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Francisco State Univ., CA.
Identifiers: Math Network Curriculum Project; Turtleworks (Computer Program)
Note: For related documents, see SE 042 071-079. Pages listing computer program code may not reproduce well.