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This inquiry lesson will teach your students the Pythagorean Theorem by allowing them to discover it for themselves using area models! It is one of my favorite lessons.
This lesson is designed to allow students to discover the Pythagorean Theorem through experimenting with area models and patterns. The lesson gets students thinking about patterns and will make the Pythagorean Theorem stick.
The lesson is titled "I'm a Mathematician" because the students play the role of real mathematicians, finding patterns and discovering a mathematical rule. Don't tell them they will learn the Pythagorean Theorem; that will ruin the surprise.
In this lesson pack, you will receive:
- 4 pages of student friendly handouts outlining important terms, guiding students through an experiment with right triangles, and giving students practice (PDF and word doc)
- 3 page Lesson Outline for the teacher giving lesson preparations and notes for the entire lesson (PDF)
- Optional additions to the lesson including a calculator pre test and real world connection (PDF)
- Answer key for handouts (PDF)
- 4 slide PowerPoint highlighting key points of the lesson (PPT)
I love discovery learning, and I hope this lesson will be as successful for your students as it has been for mine.
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Common Core Standards:
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.
Building towards these standards...
Prove theorems about triangles. Theorems include: a line parallel to one side of a triangle divides the other two proportionally, and conversely; the Pythagorean Theorem proved using triangle similarity.
Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.