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Have your students practice using the Pythagorean Theorem with this puzzle activity instead of a boring worksheet!
Put your students in groups of 2-3 for this activity. Each puzzle piece has a triangle with a missing side. Beginning with the piece that says "start here", students will answer the first question, and go on to the next piece that has their answer. Keep putting the pieces together until you reach the end.
There are 11 questions in this activity. Print an extra copy and don’t cut it up to use as an answer key. You can always make it a race in class for more competitive groups of students. As a teacher, this activity is nice because students can check their own answers by seeing if the answer they get is on another piece. It means I can go around helping groups who run into trouble instead of checking answers for students.
There are 2 versions of activity in this file. The original version has a combination of Pythagorean Triples and non-triples that have decimal sides. The modified version just has Pythagorean Triples.
I call it the “snake” activity with my students, because as you solve more problems and put the pieces together, it makes a snake! You can laminate them to use again and again, or have students glue or tape them together for a one-time use. Your choice!