Learn Pythagorean Theorem Through Exploration
Last week I officially published my first interactive iBook on iTunes called Learn Pythagorean Theorem Through Exploration. This iBook is FREE to use under a creative commons license and scaffolds students from a 3 Act Math Task all the way to using Pythagorean Theorem to solve the problem.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Taco Cart [3 Act Math Task]
- Chapter 2: Characteristics of Triangles
- Chapter 3: Pythagorean Theorem
- Chapter 4: Purposeful Practice
Chapter 1: Taco Cart [3 Act Math Task]
The interactive iBook begins by introducing a task by Dan Meyer called Taco Cart:
Who will reach the taco cart first?
Understanding and Applying the Pythagorean Theorem The Taco Cart is another great 3 Act Math Task by Dan Meyer that asks the perplexing question of which path should each person choose to get to a taco food cart just up the road. While most students could quickly identify the shorter route using basic logic, Meyer throws in a curve-ball when one path forces one person to walk in the sand (...
Students interact with their peers and other students around the world by tapping on widgets to enter their predictions and view the predictions of others in real-time.
Chapter 2: Characteristics of Triangles
The second chapter brings some characteristics of triangles to the forefront in order to begin leading the learning towards right angle triangles and Pythagorean Theorem.
Students will see some quick references to types of triangles, naming them by side length and angle measure, and then have an opportunity to practice their new knowledge through quiz widgets.
Chapter 3: Pythagorean Theorem
Students watch a series of visualizations representing Pythagorean Theorem by finding square-areas for each side length and moving them around to show the relationship between the two short legs and the hypotenuse.
Students can use the Sketchpad widget to discover the formula for Pythagorean Theorem and then share it out to Twitter using a hashtag for viewing directly from the iBook!
Chapter 4: Purposeful Practice
In the last chapter, we have some purposeful practice organized for students to practice their learning. All work can be done in the iBook via widgets and they can even share out their results to Twitter and other social media.
Feel free to check out this new interactive iBook and share it with any colleagues and/or students who might be interested!