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- Ryan L., Special Education Teacher
- Cincinnati, OH
Pythagoras Teacher Resources
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Students describe, in writing and drawings, a working definition of the Pythagorean Theorem, various proofs of the Theorem and examples of its application in this technology-based instructional activity for the Geometry classroom. Emphasis is placed independent exploration.
In order to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem, young mathematicians investigate relations and patterns between different sides of a right triangle to look for possible relations among the squared sides. Once they have established the relationship, they generate visual proofs, investigate the Web for additional information about Pythagoras, and use geometry software to explore other implications of the theorem. Finally, they put the theorem to use by measuring the distance between two opposite ends of their school, both on paper and directly.
In this circles and cylinders worksheet, 10th graders solve and complete 22 various types of problems. First, they collect data for a radius and circumference for several different circles and calculate the quantity. Then, students find the length of the radius and use the Pythagoras' Theorem on the given triangle.
In this Pythagorean theorem instructional activity, 9th graders solve and complete 8 different types of problems. First, they go to the given website and copy the picture shown. Then, students draw a right triangle using the straight line between the green and blue points as its hypotenuse. They also use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of the hypotenuse of the right triangle.
What a neat concept; kids discover the Pythagorean Theorem as they work together to create a class quilt! Use these tips to explain the theorem, and kids participate in a scavenger hunt for right angles. Display the "Shoo Fly" quilt design, which includes many right angles. There are steps to help you demonstrate the quilt square pattern to mathematicians before they create one of their own on paper. Learners use the paper as a pattern, cutting out the fabric pieces and calculating the area of each. Encourage collaboration once all squares are finished by challenging the class to lay out their pieces and come up with a design for the quilt.