After years of seeing other teachers share pictures of the unit circle projects their students created, I decided to finally take the plunge. I assigned my trig students the task of creating a visual representation (2d or 3d) of the unit circle in lieu of a semester test in trigonometry.
A nice side effect of this projects is that now I have a lot more student work decorating my classroom! I teach mostly Algebra 1, so it’s been fun to see these students notice the projects and start to ask questions about what a unit circle is!
Looking through the projects, the biggest problem my students are having is wanting to space all of the angles evenly. Though, the fact that they most likely don’t have protractors at home is probably the main culprit!
Here’s what they came up with! (Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how one student combined his passions for welding and trigonometry!)
Unit Circle Flower
Unit Circle Clock
Phases of the Unit Circle
(You’ll have to excuse the fact that my feet ended up in the shot. Oops… At least I was wearing cute shoes.)
The Unit Dollar
Yes, it does say “In the mullet we trust.”
Unit Circle Alien
Unit Circle Pi-cycle
Unit Circle Ferris Wheel
Unit Circle Saw Blade
This is the unit circle project that has generated the most conversation amongst my students from other classes.
More Activities and Resources for Teaching the Unit Circle
- 7 Engaging Unit Circle Activities
- Fill in the Blank Unit Circle Chart
- Unit Circle Bingo Game
- Deriving the Unit Circle Foldable
- Unit Circle Magnets
- Unit Circle Projects
- Exact Values of Trig Functions Leap Frog Game
- Unit Circle Paper Plate Activity
- Finding Trig Ratios Using the Unit Circle Notes
- Trig Ratios in the First Quadrant Chart
- Unit Circle Interactive Notebook Page