Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Pythagorean Theorem, and supports the standard of applying the Pythagorean Theorem to determine unknown side lengths in right triangles. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a right triangle, like this one from the movie (timestamp: 0:50):

Prompt students to share what they notice about the triangle, including its angles and side lengths. 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read the description on the Pythagorean Theorem topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of these two articles: “Way Back When” or “Real Life.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Pythagorean Theorem Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about the ​​Pythagorean Theorem while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a tutorial that uses an example to prove the Pythagorean theorem. 
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying the steps to finding the length of a leg of a right triangle when given the length of its other leg and hypotenuse. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem involving the Pythagorean Theorem, and challenge a classmate to solve. 

More to Explore 

Sortify: Similar Figures: ​​Players sort by attributes, such as triangle type, scale factor, and more in this learning game.  

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of geometry with these topics: Types of Triangles and Angles.

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