Pythagorean Theorem to Determine Distance: Tree Shadows

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Why is that shadow getting longer? Determine the changes in the length of a shadow as the sun changes position in the sky. Individuals use an interactive to calculate the length of a shadow at different times during the day via the Pythagorean Theorem. The scholars use the information learned to determine how to create a sundial.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide more items to calculate the distance between two points on the coordinate plane
  • Go outside and determine the lengths of a shadow of a meter stick at different times of the day
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should understand how to use the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Must create a free account and login to access the interactive
Pros

  • More complex items contain hints
  • Displays correct answer if the incorrect answer is chosen
Cons

  • None
Common Core