Simplifying Square Roots

The square root of five and five do not have the same value! How many times have you addressed this with math classes? A lesson plan gives an explanation of a square root and gives examples for simplifying square root expressions, rationalizing denominators, and estimating values. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Develop a presentation using the examples in this resource
  • Use the practice problems as board work with students to check for understanding throughout the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes an understanding of rational and irrational numbers
  • The third in a series of 11 lessons

  • Uses a variety of questioning methods to develop an understanding of a square root

  • Does not include real-life examples or connections