(Litgram) Math offers many creative, insightful avenues for budding artists. This project opens the door for students working on the Pythagorean Theorem to explore how mathematics forms the shapes of our world. While the project lists definite requirements, students should be encouraged to explore these concepts to discover other mathematical, and artistic, possibilities.
Square Roots with Cheez-Its and a Graphic Organizer (and download) The number line is one of the most important aspects of this lesson. I have them label it (see pictures) so that they can quickly estimate what a square root SHOULD be before they blindly punch it into their calculators.
One of the few cuneiform tables to consist entirely of a geometrical diagram, shows that Babylonian scribes knew the Pythagorean Theorum and possessed a method of calculating accurate estimates of square roots. On the obverse, the scribe drew a square and its diagonals. Circa 1900 BCE – 1,700 BCE.