Thanksgiving Math Activity Pythagorean Theorem

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Thanksgiving activity for math class! In this Thanksgiving-themed activity, students practice applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Students travel in pairs to eight stations as they practice finding the missing side of a right triangle, finding the distance between two points, and solving word problems contains scenarios that can be modeled by right triangles. There is also one basic 3-dimensional application involving a cone. I do not allow my students to use a calculator on this activity, therefore, some of the answers in the activity may be within 0.1 of the precise calculator answer.

Procedure:
-You can either set up the 8 stations at groups of desks or tape the stations to the walls around the room. Either way keep the images that are alike together.
-Pair students up. Assign one partner to be “A” and one to be “B.” They should record their assignment in the top right hand corner of their workspace.
-Students travel to each station as a pair. They each complete one problem based on their letter assignment. Although they are each solving a different problem, they can check to see if they are correct because they should have matching answers.
-Students neatly copy the original problem and show their work in the stations workspace.
-Once they complete their problem and confirm their answer matches their partner’s answer, then they check the key to find the answer and write the corresponding letter in the small box in the right hand corner of the workspace. The list of answers in the key represents correct answers, answers that correspond to common mathematical errors, and random numbers.
-Students continue to go to all 8 stations. You can either allow students to move freely around the room in any order or set a timer and have students all rotate at the same time. Each station should take about 2-3 minutes.
-In the end, they should unscramble the letters to find the mystery word. They share this mystery word with you to confirm that their work is complete. The mystery word is STUFFING. I allow those students who finish first to help other students complete the activity.

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-8 stations (each with 2 sets of information that lead to the same answer)
-2-page workspace
-2-page answer key
-2-page Teacher's Guide with CCSS, objectives, materials, and procedure

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points in a coordinate system.
Apply the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles in real-world and mathematical problems in two and three dimensions.

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