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Not only within the progression of our lessons, but in general, I think this is why Vertical Articulation amongst grade level teachers is important. For us to see where students are coming from (in terms of topics covered, skill level, etc). One of the topics we are looking at right now is the Pythagorean Theorem. Prior knowledge required would include: squares and square roots (in helping visualize and prove the theorem and to solve problems), types of triangles (angles and side lengths), coordinate grid system (when working on distance and midpoint). All of these concepts/skills should be reviewed in some capacity prior to proving and investigating the Pythagorean Theorem to allow for a smooth exploration.