ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (8) Title: Distance "The Pythagoras Way"
Description: In this lesson, the teacher will demonstrate how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find distance between two points in the coordinate system. In the coordinate plane, the difference in the x and yvalues will determine the numbers to calculate the distance. This lesson will use online graphing tools as well as graph paper to plot the points. This lesson can also be used to show the relationship between the distance formula and the Pythagorean Theorem.
This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.
Subject: Mathematics (8  12) Title: Proofs into Practice: The Pythagorean Theorem in the Real World
Description: The introduction of this lesson has students verifying the famous Pythagorean Theorem with a handson proof. Students will then apply the Theorem in one of two ways: by solving for the side lengths of a right triangle and by determining whether three side lengths could possibly form a right triangle. Finally, students will choose one of two reallife applicataions to explore, using the Pythagorean Theorem.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding the Pythagorean Relationship Using Interactive Figures
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Description: The Pythagorean relationship, a2 + b2 = c2 (where a and b are the lengths of the legs of a right triangle and c is the hypotenuse), can be demonstrated in many ways, including with visual 'proofs' that require little or no symbolism or explanation. The activity in this example from Illuminations presents one dynamic version of a demonstration of this relationship. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
Subject: Mathematics Title: Proof Without Words: Pythagorean Theorem
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Description: In this student interactive, from Illuminations, students watch a dynamic, geometric '' proof without words'' of the Pythagorean Theorem. By clicking on a button, students can see the theorem in action; they are then challenged to explain the proof. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

