Materials for today’s lesson:
- Giant grid paper
- Red, green, and blue sharpies
- Bag of Cheez-Its
I instructed students to use the grid paper to draw a 3×4 right triangle, then I told them to make a square on each side and cover it with the Cheez-Its. (By the way, this lesson was inspired and conceived 2 minutes before class started, but clearly it was foreordained by God from the beginning of time: the Cheez-Its were exactly the same size as the squares on the grid paper.)
Here is Stage 1 of the Cheez-Its project:
Okay, so it took 9 Cheez-Its to cover the small square, and another 16 Cheez-Its to cover the medium square. Hey, class: how many Cheez-Its do you think it will take to cover the big square?
Here is the work of Mia and Pali. Check out their creative flair!
When I asked students to write down what they learned from the activity, Pali summarized it thusly: “The square on A plus the square on B is exactly equal to the square on C.” Pythagoras would have been so proud!
I am indebted to Emma for this activity. Check out her great work over on YouTube!