Water Tower

3 Act Math

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


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

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