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Analyze Pythagorean triples and apply them to real world situations in this creative instructional activity. Students will investigate the Pythagorean theorem and its history through a powerpoint presentation with audio and video clips. Their final project is to construct origami models of triangles. Links are included to the resources.
High schoolers listen to a short lecture about Pythagoras-who he was, his contributions, where he was from, and a timeline involving him. They have the option of doing some research about Greek mathematicians on their own and summarize their findings or doing the Web quest on Great Mathematicians.
Learners classify triangles and make connections regarding angle measurements and attributes of acute, right, and obtuse triangles. They listen to teacher define and explain triangles. Everyone imagines a place where a broken wing for a spaceship needs to be built and pupils make decisions about which type of triangles will fix the wing.
As an introduction to the lesson, learners verify the Pythagorean theorem with a hands-on proof. Then, pupils use the theorem to determine whether three side lengths could form a right triangle and choose one of two real-life situations to examine using the theorem. Terrific activities and worksheets are embedded.
Today we are going Greek! Provide the class with a clear and well-organized overview of all things pertaining to ancient Greece. From early Greeks and Homer, to the Persian Wars and great philosophers, this slide show has it all. Review questions are provided at the end of each major section.