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.
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