As The Crow Flies

Who knew the Pythagorean Theorem could be so much fun, for the crow that is. Middle schoolers mark the route a dog would run and a bird would fly to get from point A to point B. They use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine which route was the fastest and shortest. Groups then apply the theorem to a series of story problems.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask groups to design their own word problem and also provide the solution
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson, to be used after introducing and teaching the theorem, is designed to provide real-world applications
  • The various word problems are engaging and sure to interest the groups
  • The resource includes ideas for differentiation and extensions
  • An answer key is not included for the various story problems