I started using choice boards last year and LOVE them! I never gave my students the opportunity to be creative in my classroom. For years, it was notes, homework, and repeat until the test. These choice boards give students the ability to express themselves within their particular learning style. I have been so impressed with the results I get from my students.
This choice board focuses on the Pythagorean theorem. Also included in this file are mini posters that describe each option on the choice board. I put these on a bulletin board that hangs all year, as we do a number of choice boards. You can also show them on a projector when introducing the choice board to your class. I like to distribute the choice boards at the beginning of the unit and give them a due date around the test.
When my students did their first choice board, I gave them a period in class to work on it. Following choice boards were completed entirely on their own time. I have also created and included a general rubric that you can use for any choice board item. To differentiate, I occasionally allow lower level students to complete two choices (I will cross out a row). The other option for differentiation is to reduce the number required for a particular choice. For example, have a student create two story problems rather than four. I also give students extra credit for any choices that they complete beyond the minimum.
I have created 14 choice boards for 8th grade common core math covering the following topics:
1. Introducing Transformations
2. Understanding Congruence
3. Understanding Similarity
4. Rational and Irrational Numbers
5. Pythagorean Theorem
7. Introduction to Linearity
8. Bivariate Data
9. Nonlinear Functions
10. Solving Linear Equations
11. Systems of Linear Equations
12. Exponents and Scientific Notaiton
13. Geometric Relationships
14. Volume of Cones, Spheres, and Cylinders
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Explain a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
Common Core Math - CHOICE BOARD Pythagorean Theorem
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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