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Pythagoras Outside

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Resource Type: Activity, Worksheet - Print

This is a fairly simple activity that allows for something different in the teaching of Pythagoras’ Theorem.

Take your class outside, find a nice flat area of concrete, and get them drawing some big triangles. Students then check the length of the third side by measurement and calculation.

The very brief lesson plan:

  1. Take pen, book, calculator. Find a partner to work with.
  2. Show the group what we’re going to do:
    • draw a triangle (30cm, 40cm)
    • measure the hypotenuse
    • do the calculation
  3. Students do two triangles on their own (see worksheet):

    • draw
    • measure
    • calculate

2 February 2013 Edit: 27 January 2018

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