Christmas tree lights – How many do I need?

Check out our Christmas Tree.  You need to buy lights for the tree.  Without calculating, guess how many feet of lights you will need.plane-tree-800pxWhat information do you need to better estimate the number of feet of lights that you need? (Give students time to consider what info they have and what they need)

Activity is here for your class:  ChristmasTree.pdf

CCSS: HSG.MG.A.1, MP.1, MP.2, MP.3, MP.4

For members we have an editable Word doc of this activity and a solution with teacher guide below.

ChristmasTree.doc         XmasTree-teacher-guide&solution.pdf.

Here is a picture of the tree with its measurements.

The tree is in the shape of a cone.  Students might find knowing the surface area of a cone helpful.  Here is a video on finding surface and lateral area of a cone.  Note: students will need to know the slant height of the tree.  Students that are comfortable with the Pythagorean Theorem can find this.  Otherwise, you might give students the slant height of ten feet.

Watch the video to find out how many feet of lights I used to decorate this tree.

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