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Get the Turtle to the Pond

This interactive lesson encourages young students to solve problems by estimating angles and distances. They use an applet to give LOGO-like commands, e.g. forward (length), turn (right or left) to make a path that moves a turtle to a pond. Students can create a Path 1 and Path 2 and try to minimize the total path length. There is a newer applet (Turtle Pond, cataloged separately) that allows for adding or editing the commands and a choice of right angles only, or angles in multiples of 15 degrees. The lesson provides suggestions for implementation and discussion questions.
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Contributed by: L.O.Cannon, et.al. (Univ. of Utah), Author
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorL.O.Cannon, et.al. (Univ. of Utah), Author
    • Publication Date1999
    • Rights(c) 2000 - 2011 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
      http://illuminations.nctm.org/termsofuse.aspx
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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