Holiday Lights

Untangle any misconceptions on the Pythagorean Theorem using holiday lights. Young mathematicians find the total length of lights needed for a roof display given a diagram. Using the Pythagorean Theorem is helpful for coming up with the correct answer.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource as a class opener
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must have expertise with the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Scholars will need to have some way of calculating square roots
Pros
  • Diagrams are informative and easy to interpret
  • Rubric provides some questions to use to guide learners
Cons
  • PDF version of the rubric has sample responses that are too small to read when printed at normal size
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