Curriculum Map for Pythagorean Theorem

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Activity One: Who is Pythagoras?

Target Objective:

  • In an online discussion forum, students will be able to determine importance of Pythagoras in mathematical history by stating at least one of Pythagoras' accomplishments, and why this/these accomplishment(s) are the best.


Activities:

  • Students will be engaged in different reading passages about Pythagoras.
  • Students will work as a group (or an individual) to learn how to use a reading strategy to organize information from text.
    • Know-Want to Learn-Learn
    • SEARCH Strategy
    • I-Chart
  • Students will participate in an online discussion of readings, and relevance to today's world.

Activity Two: Proof Behind the Pythagorean Theorem

Target Objective:

  • In a discussion group, the student will be able to justify the Pythagorean Theorem by explaining why the squares of the legs are equal to the square of the hypotenuse.


Activities:

  • Students will learn how to properly label a right triangle.
  • Students will participate in a hands-on activity to prove the ideas behind Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Students will watch a video of another proof of Pythagorean Theorem.

Activity Three: Finding the Unknown Side of a Right Triangle using Pythagorean Theorem

Target Objective:

  • Given two sides of a right triangle, students will be able to determine the length of the unknown side of the right triangle by using Pythagorean Theorem and a calculator.


Activities:

  • Students will learn how to calculate the hypotenuse of a right triangle, given the two legs.
  • Students will learn how to calculate a leg of a right triangle, given one leg and the hypotenuse.
  • students will practice finding the missing side of a right triangle, given the other two side lengths.

Activity Four: Using Pythagorean Theorem to Solve Real World Problems

Target Objective:

  • Given a scenario describing a right triangle, students will be able to draw a picture representing the passage, and solve for the missing distance by using Pythagorean Theorem and a calculator.


Activities:

  • Students will solve real world problems, using the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Students will participate in an online quiz, allowing for immediate feedback on their learning.

Activity Five: Is it a triangle, a right triangle, or not a triangle?

Target Objective:

  • Given three lengths, students will determine whether the lengths create a right triangle by applying the Pythagorean Theorem and using a calculator.


Activities:

  • Students will participate in a hands-on activity using Spaghetti to prove the lengths of the sides of a triangle.
  • Students will learn how to determine if three lengths create a right triangle.
  • Students will learn to differientiate between a triangle, a right triangle, and lengths that do not create triangles.

Activity Six: Pythagorean Theorem Extra Practice

Activities:

  • Students have the choice to participate in a resource page that contains videos, reading passages, practice pages, and interactive games to increase their knowledge.


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