## Act 1

1. How tall is the light pole?

2. Write down a guess.

All credit goes to my amazing wife for this lesson! She came up with the idea after noticing new lights by the water tower in our community.

## Act 2

3. What information would be useful to figure this out?

4. Write down some questions you have in your head right now.

## Act 3

## Sequel

5. If the light pole was 15 feet tall, how far away from the tower would it need to be?

**Common Core Standards**

HSG.SRT.C.8

Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.

**TEKS**

G.9(A)

determine the lengths of sides and measures of angles in a right triangle by applying the trigonometric ratios sine, cosine, and tangent to solve problems

Hi, can you pretty please solve this one for me? I can’t seem to get it right

Sure thing! Click here for the Google Doc with the solution. Let me know if that helps (and check my math too!).

Thank you! I may be wrong, but the act 2 diagram could possibly be made more accurate. The length 130ft should go up to the sign only, instead of up to the top of the tower like you have done. With this diagram, there would be that extra bit to take off as well between the sign and the top of the tower. Do you agree?

Great feedback and catch! I didn’t even notice that. I agree and just fixed it. How does it look now?

Thanks for the help!

That’s perfect! Thanks heaps! This is a great resource that I will use for my teaching practical in a weeks time 🙂

Great! Thanks for the help in making it better. Good luck next week, and let me know how it goes. I’m interested in seeing how the students approach it. Could you possibly gather some student work samples? I won’t get to use this lesson until next year, so I’m curious.

I just did this task as my first ever 3-act math task yesterday! It went super well, and my students seemed to like it and were very engaged. I’m planning to do a lot more of these!! Thank you so much!!

That’s great to hear, Hailey! Thank you for letting me know. I’m glad it went well, and I’m excited you’re officially a 3 Act teacher! Keep up the great work.