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Greek Contributions: Review Tool
Review six major contributions made by the Ancient Greeks. Greek drama, poetry, history, sculpture, science, and mathematics are all very briefly covered. Activities to complete with the class are included.
Pythagoras and Distance Formula
In this Pythagoras and Distance Formula learning exercise, students read real-life story problems, determine needed information, write equations, and then solve the problem. Students use the Pythagorean Theorem and Distance Formula to compute answers. This three-page learning exercise contains 5 multi-step problems.
Pythagoras in DC
Students practice using the Pythagorean Theorem. In this Pythagorean Theorem lesson, students utilize diagrams, measurement and illustrations to find the missing length a of triangle. Students use real world examples such as the Federal Triangle to practice.
Investigating the Idea of Cos
Fifth graders use cos to solve problems involving right-angled triangles. They solve equations of the form cos(++) = a, for a between -180 and 360 degrees. They state the value of cos(++) in special cases and graph y = cos(++).
Eighth graders practice calculating the unknown length of a right angle triangle. They also examine the pythogoram theory in groups. They help each other work through the problems.
Fifth graders explore ways to measure the height of an inaccessible object. They measure lengths using a tape measure or ruler. Students measure angles using a protractor and estimate heights.
Seeing Math in Art
Students create patterns using different scales. In this algebra lesson, students apply the concepts of art to creating different designs. They use different sizes to explore the concept of scales.
Students explore the making of circles and concepts related to them in geometry. The project is inquiry based will focus upon students making their own nametags. The construction is ideal for hands on students.
Rings and Diamonds
Fifth graders solve a problem by using systematic problem solving strategies. They determine if there is enough information to solve the problem. They solve a problem involving geometric shapes and area.
Students 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.
Square Pegs in Round Holes
Sixth graders problem solve the square peg in the round whole problem by applying knowledge of the formulas for the areas of the circle and the square. They decide on a problem solving strategy based on logical reasoning.
Geometry Worksheet: Pythagoras' Theorem
In this Pythagorean Theorem instructional activity, learners use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of the unlabeled side of the right triangle. There are 8 problems all together.
In this Pythagorean Theorem worksheet, students use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the length of a missing side. They calculate surface area of a prism. This two-page worksheet contains 4 multi-step problems.
Plenty of Pythagoras
Using a twelve foot knotted rope, students form a 3-4-5 right triangle. Following a discussion of observations about the lengths of the sides of the triangle, students use grid paper, scissors and a centimeter ruler to draw and measure sides of more right triangles.
In this math worksheet, students practice answering the questions for finding the hypotenuse of the given triangles while using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Proofs into Practice: The Pythagorean Theorem in the Real World
As an introduction to the instructional activity, 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.
Find the Missing Side of the Right Triangle
In this find the missing side of the right triangle learning exercise, students use the Pythagorean theorem to find the missing side, given the other 2 lengths, for 4 triangles.
Pythagorean Theorem: Prove It
Middle schoolers are introduced to the Pythagroean theorem. They construct right triangles on graph paper and draw squares on each side of the triangle. The attributes of a right triangle should become clear to pupils as a result of engaging with this fine resource. Fantastic worksheets and weblinks are embedded in the plan, which should make it easy for you to implement. Terrific!
Investigate vectors and learn how to use them. Explore why size and direction, as well as knowing speed and distance, are important components of the vector problems you are trying to solve. This is an extensive lesson which includes six different activities, each with examples and problems to solve.