This activity is designed for students to discover why the Pythagorean theorem works.
Students will need:
In the activity the students
1. Place patty paper over the two smaller squares.
2. Trace the triangles and numbers in each square.
3. Cut out the numbered triangles.
4. Arrange all 8 triangles into the larger square. (They cannot overlap or hang out of the square!)
5. Glue the triangles into the square once they are arranged.
6. Answer the follow-up questions.
The follow-up questions provided allow the students to evaluate why each component of the Pythagorean theorem is needed. This is a great way for students to discover the formula. Also provided is a challenge problem for those who finish the activity early.