Have your students verify the Pythagorean Theorem visually by solving a surprisingly challenging 5-piece puzzle!
By showing that the piece can be used to fill in the large square, or be used to fill the two small squares, students verify that the areas are equal.
-Smart Notebook file (.notebook) with movable, rotatable puzzle pieces
-Answer key image on the second slide (covered up by a rectangle :)
-Set the Zoom to 75% if the puzzle doesn't fit on your screen.
-Give students 2 minutes max at the board to try and solve the puzzle, then move to a new volunteer until one is successful! (This builds the competition and keeps all the students thinking about how they would solve it if/when their turn comes up.)
For a great whole-class Pythagorean activity, check out Colouring by Pythagorean Theorem
. Each student's worksheet is unique, and represents a small piece of a large mosaic image formed when the worksheets are combined. Students solve word problems involving the Pythagorean theorem used to find a leg or the hypotenuse.