Pythagorean Theorem Turtle (30 Sheet Mosaic)
Highly Engaging! My students volunteer to complete extra sheets! Both application (word) problems and diagram problems are included, with 20 problems on each worksheet!
Each worksheet represents a small section of the big picture! The end result will look spectacular hanging up in your classroom :)
CHECK OUT THE PRODUCT PREVIEW to see the range of problem types, and to know exactly what these worksheets involve!
Students use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve various problems involving right triangles, then use the answers to colour their worksheets based on the colour key. This is so much cooler than textbook homework!
1. Calculate the answers.
2. Colour the squares.
3. Cut out your section.
4. Combine with the class!
INCLUDED (.pdf and editable .docx file in zip folder):
- Full class set of 30 worksheets (all different!) that combine to create the large turtle mosaic.
- Detailed instructions to make sure you look amazing pulling off a great activity!
- Worksheets involve a range problems that involve solving for the hypotenuse or a leg of the triangle.
- Master Answer Key showing the colour and numeric answers
Teaching Tip: Have students draw a right triangle and label the given information as they read each word problem.
If you like this product, be sure the check out the whole Collaborative Math Mosaic directory, sorted by topic!
For a fun "Proof by Dissection" of a² + b² = c², check out Pythagorean Tangram - SmartBoard Puzzle
The student buy-in factor is HUGE with these worksheets; they all want to see the finished picture come together! High school students love colouring too!
Imagine if your students were the ones policing homework completion? "Common Josh! Do your work or we'll have a hole in our picture!"
Leave the picture a secret or show it for motivation… it’s your call.
Encourage students to check their answers by finding them in the randomized list on their worksheet before they colour each square. This will increase the accuracy of the final picture!
All my “Colouring by…” worksheets use standard pencil-crayon colours found in the Crayola 24 pack. For best results, use the exact colour name match (and encourage quality colouring!). Perhaps a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun math department investment!
If your class size doesn’t line up with 30, no worries! You could hand out some duplicate worksheets (if you have more students) and decide which to display in the big picture once they're coloured. Or, you could have some students work pairs (differentiated learning!). If you’re under 30 students, in my experience, students are eager to do additional sheets to complete the picture! (Or you could use the answer key to fill in the missing pieces quickly)
I'd love to receive your top-star rating and detailed feedback about your experience using this activity with your class!
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