The Pythagoras Tree

View a tree designed by Pythagoras. Pupils watch a video as a tree is built by using squares representing the side lengths of a right triangle, with each side of the squares becoming the side of another triangle. Learners come up with questions that can be answered from information from the video and devise a solution to their questions, confirming their answers along the way.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide class members with grid paper to allow them to try to recreate the tree
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not actually require knowledge of the Pythagorean Theorem to complete
  • Assumes the teacher has knowledge of Three Act Tasks
Pros
  • Includes grid paper to show sizes
  • Provides an engaging method to reveal the solution
Cons
  • None
Common Core