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The Pythagorean Theorem (Part 1)

Activity Overview

Students will:

  • Construct a right triangle and construct squares on each side.
  • Measure the area of the squares and compare the areas.
  • Try to alter the properties of their construction by moving the vertices.
  • Before the Activity

    Provide each student with a copy of the attached .pdf document.

    During the Activity

    This activity will help students visualize the relationship between the sides in a right-angled triangle. By testing their construction, students will hopefully gain an appreciation for this relationship and understand that it works for all right-angled triangles.

    After the Activity

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