These activities are intended for a geometry class. They are best done in a gym or playground, *before* discussing circles, perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors, etc. It may be best to not do all of the activities in one session.

- Choose a student to be Point A. Ask the others to stand so that they are all at the same distance from Point A. Hopefully, they'll make a circle. Introduce the term "locus": the locus of points at a given distance from A is a circle with A as its center. (I usually say that "locus" is the mathematical term for "location". You can also just say "location" and wait for a future class to introduce "locus".)
- Choose two students to be points A and B. Ask the others to stand so that they are
- closer to A than to B
- closer to B than to A
- equidistant from A and B

- Choose three students to be points A, B, and C. Ask the others to stand so that they are
- closer to A than to B or C
- closer to B than to A or C
- closer to C than to A or B
- equidistant from A, B, and C

- Use a line on the floor or on the ground. Ask students to stand so that they are all at the same distance from the line. Discuss what "distance to a line" might mean. (If necessary, point out that a point's distance to a point on the line depends on which point is chosen on the line. What choice would make sense?)
- Choose one of the students to be Point O, not on the line. Have another student stand on the line, as close to O as possible. Name that student Point P. Ask others to stand at the same distance from O as P is. Discuss the locus (a circle centered at O, tangent to the line.)
- Use two intersecting lines on the floor or ground. If in a gym, you'll probably have to use existing painted perpendicular lines. If on the playground, you might be able to draw your own lines using carpenter's chalk. Name the lines L
_{1}and L_{2}. Ask students to stand:- closer to L
_{1}than to L_{2} - closer to L
_{2}than to L_{1} - equidistant from L
_{1}and L_{2}

- closer to L

### Extension beyond the usual geometry topics:

- Ask a student to be point F. Have that student stand a few steps away from a line. Ask students to stand
- closer to the line than to F
- closer to F than to the line
- equidistant from F and the line

- For this one, you will need a very long string. Ask two students to be points F
_{1}and F_{2}. They will each hold one end of the string close to their body. Ask other students to use the string in turn to find spots so that the sum of the distances to F_{1}and F_{2}is equal to the length of the string. The locus is an ellipse. Discuss.