Stacking Squares

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Break down the heights of squares. Groups investigate square roots by finding squares that stack up to the same height. Given the area of a square, teams find other squares that have an equivalent height when stacked up. Then, classmates create a poster to share with other groups. Learners look for similar strategies among the posters and develop equations using square roots to show the sums represented.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Use squares generated by Pythagorean Triples for struggling learners to understand the concept
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed to present prior to learning the algorithm to add radicals
  • Provide rulers, scissors, markers, and grid paper to each group to make their poster
Pros

  • Contains a list of possible solutions
  • Provides suggestions for informal and formal assessments
Cons

  • None
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