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Cell Phone Coverage Area: Helping Students Achieve in Mathematics

Rose Zbiek, Shari Reed, Tracy Boone 

February 2007, Volume 12, Issue 6, Page 307

Abstract:
Cell phone coverage areas arouse students' curiosity in a lesson that engages students with area as a measure that relates to, but is different from, linear measure. Three activities (stations) are described in detail along with suggestions on introducing the lesson and closing the lesson with a rich whole class discussion. Activities include using a "tower tool" to simulate placing a cell phone tower on a county map for optimal coverage.

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Article
Conceptual Development
Grades 6-8
Area
Teacher
Lesson Plans
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Modeling
Problem Solving / Problem Posing