Lesson plan

Lesson 2: Corresponding Parts and Scale Factors

teaches Alabama State Standards 7-17.
teaches Arizona State Standards 7.G.A.1
teaches Common Core State Standards MP8 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP8
teaches Common Core State Standards MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6
teaches Common Core State Standards MP5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP5
teaches Common Core State Standards 7.G.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/G/A/1
teaches Colorado State Standards 7.G.A.1.
teaches Georgia State Standards MGSE7.G.1.
teaches Kansas State Standards 7.G.1.
teaches Minnesota State Standards
teaches Minnesota State Standards
teaches Minnesota State Standards
teaches New York State Standards NY-7.G.1.
teaches Ohio State Standards 7.G.1.b.
teaches Ohio State Standards 7.G.1.
teaches Pennsylvania State Standards CC.2.3.7.A.2.

Lesson 2: Corresponding Parts and Scale Factors

This lesson develops the vocabulary for talking about scaling and scaled copies more precisely (MP6), and identifying the structures in common between two figures (MP7).

Specifically, students learn to use the term corresponding to refer to a pair of points, segments, or angles in two figures that are scaled copies. Students also begin to describe the numerical relationship between the corresponding lengths in two figures using a scale factor. They see that when two figures are scaled copies of one another, the same scale factor relates their corresponding lengths. They practice identifying scale factors.

A look at the angles of scaled copies also begins here. Students use tracing paper to trace and compare angles in an original figure and its copies. They observe that in scaled copies the measures of corresponding angles are equal.

Lesson overview

  • 2.1 Warm-up: Number Talk: Multiplying by a Unit Fraction (5 minutes)
  • 2.2 Activity: Corresponding Parts (15 minutes)
    • There is a digital applet in this activity.
  • 2.3 Activity: Scaled Triangles (15 minutes)
    • Includes "Are you Ready for More?" extension problem
  • Lesson Synthesis
  • 2.4 Cool-down: Comparing Polygons \(ABCD\) and \(PQRS\) (5 minutes)

Learning goals:

  • Comprehend the phrase “scale factor” and explain (orally) how it relates corresponding lengths of a figure and its scaled copy.
  • Explain (orally) what it means to say one part in a figure “corresponds” to a part in another figure.
  • Identify and describe (orally and in writing) corresponding points, corresponding segments, or corresponding angles in a pair of figures.

Learning goals (student facing):

  • Let’s describe features of scaled copies.

Learning targets (student facing):

  • I can describe what the scale factor has to do with a figure and its scaled copy.
  • In a pair of figures, I can identify corresponding points, corresponding segments, and corresponding angles.

Required materials:

  • geometry toolkits

Required preparation:

  • Prepare to display the images of the railroad crossing sign for the Corresponding Parts activity.
  • Make sure students have access to their geometry toolkits, especially tracing paper and graph paper.


  • corresponding - When part of an original figure matches up with part of a copy, we call them corresponding parts. These could be points, segments, angles, or distances. For example, point \(B\) in the first triangle corresponds to point \(E\) in the second triangle. Segment \(AC\) corresponds to segment \(DF\).

  • scale factor - To create a scaled copy, we multiply all the lengths in the original figure by the same number. This number is called the scale factor. In this example, the scale factor is 1.5, because \(4 \cdot (1.5) = 6\)\(5 \cdot (1.5)=7.5\) and \(6 \cdot (1.5)=9\).

  • Access the complete Grade 7 glossary.


  • This lesson builds on the standards: CCSS.5.NBT.B.7MS.5.NBT.7CCSS.5.NF.B.4MO.5.NBT.A.8
  • This lesson builds towards the standard: CCSS.7.RP.A.2MO.7.RP.A.2a







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