Education Technology

Midsegments of a Triangle

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will construct midsegments of a triangle, and look to formulate statements that appear to be true about the construction. They will form a midsegment triangle and compare the properties of the triangles formed.

Before the Activity

  • Install the Cabri Jr. App on the students' graphing calculators using TI-Connect™, a TI Connectivity Cable and the Unit-to-Unit Link Cable
  • Use the TI-Navigator™ to transfer the attached Cabri Jr. AppVar files to each calculator
  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 101 - 102 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to your class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Use the AppVar to go directly to the exploration section
  • Construct a triangle and one of its midsegments
  • Use measurement tools (Distance and length, angle, and slope) to explore the relationship between the triangles formed
  • Construct the other two midsegments of the triangle
  • Compare the area and the angles of the four interior triangles formed
  • After the Activity

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary