Pythagorean Theorem around our school! This lesson came from Mrs. Hester. I love reading all of her amazing ideas! This is a great hands-on, real world, problem solving activity.
The idea of this activity is that cable line needs to be put down for AT&T U-Verse service. Our job is to find out how much cable is needed by using the Pythagorean Theorem. Zooming in around my school on Google maps gave me a map of the area that included streets my kids live on. I put it in publisher so I could add where the "cable lines" would go ahead of time. It turned out like this.
The kids used a ruler and the scale of the map to figure out how much cable would be needed. We did the "cable" on the right together and they did the other with a partner in their interactive notebooks.
This was a great activity to wrap up Pythagorean Theorem and to really check their understanding. It led to great conversation about having to use right triangles, using scale, and it was exciting to them to see their street on the map!