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Middle Grades Math: Estimating Square Roots
by Texas Instruments

Updated on August 26, 2014

Overview

In this activity, students develop an understanding of the relationship between a number and its square root. They will first recognize perfect squares and order them from least to greatest with other numbers. Then students will estimate the square root of a number using perfect squares.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students explore the relationship between a number and its square roots. Students estimate square roots by finding the next closest perfect square.

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    Then, students look at the use of square roots in different situations, including finding the perimeter of a square, given the area.