This Quilting with My Pal, Pythagoras! lesson plan also includes:
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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.