Write It Wednesday-Circles

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SWBAT create a response to an open-ended question involving the circumference and area of circles.

Big Idea

Can you write about circles?


5 minutes
  • POD

As students enter the room, they will have a seat, take out their Problem of the Day (POD) sheet and begin to work on the question on the SMARTboard. The POD allows students to use MP 3 continually based on the discussions we have about the problem each day.

The POD today will be a simple question to bring the idea of solving a problem on finding the area of a circle to the forefront in their minds. When they work to answer the actual Write It Wednesday question, I want them to know how to find the answer conceptually and just focus on preparing a solid, complete answer.

The diameter of a circular pond is 54 feet. Find the area of the pond.


30 minutes

Students will work through the steps we use for Write It Wednesday

  1. Respond to the Write It Wednesday question
  2. Turn your response in
  3. Receive a classmate’s paper to critique and provide feedback
  4. Offer a score on a four-point scale
  5. Receive your paper and make improvements to your answer based upon the feedback you received

While students are working/writing, I will walk around and answer questions and help guide students through providing feedback and identifying gaps that might exist.

WIW Question:

A dinner plate has a 10.5-inch diameter and a salad plate has an 8-inch diameter. How many more square inches does the dinner plate cover than the salad plate?


5 minutes

To close the lesson we will have a student (or two) come to the document camera and share their response to the question. We can also look at answers that need improvement and offer suggestions if the author is struggling with formulating an answer.