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I recently put together a lesson that explored the pythagorean theorem where students had to build an access ramp to reach the top of a building. The inspiration came from the ramp that accesses our school doorway. Ultimately, while I found that this captured the attention of the students and had them generating some ideas, I don’t think I have been as successful tapping into the emotional side or spacing the learning in a way that promotes true retention.
I actually discovered quite quickly that there were some gaps in their understanding with algebraic equations, exponents and roots so while I tried to have them follow through with the lesson, we then pivoted to explore algebraic concepts. Ultimately, my goal is to circle back to reexplore pythagorus, but I’m worried about time this semester… as usual.
My general steps went something like this:
1. Image of school ramp with a character on it… notice/wonder?
2. Intro situation of ramp construction at building… how long will the ramp be?
3. Students use string to create ramp models through a series of right angle triangles.
4. Students collect measurements and try to determine how long the ramp will be.