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Pythagorean Theorem- StaIR

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For my technology class I was asked to complete a StaIR. This stands for Stand-Alone Instructional Resource. This is a resource that a student could use to learn a topic completely independently. It teaches the topic, includes independent practice, and feedback. When asked to do this I wanted to make this for something that could be used within my classroom. I chose to complete a resource for the Pythagorean Theorem. This is a standard that is necessary for all seventh grade students. I will... More
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Material Type: Presentation
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: April 14, 2013
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 02, 2013
Keywords: 7th, Pythagorean, Mathematics


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Primary Audience: Middle School, College General Ed
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Technical Requirements: Microsoft Powerpoint
Language: English
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Avatar for Nicole Cinader
3 years ago

Nicole Cinader (Teacher (K-12))

This a great resource. Middle schoolers will love that they can work individually, working as quickly or as slowly as they need to go. The questions are great and the visuals really help the students understand the pythagorean theorem. Great job making the visuals so eye-catching. It should keep their attention, at least long enough for them to answer the questions. Great resource!

Technical Remarks:

Just download the document (which you will probably want to do anyways), and then use the Slide Show mode for the students. 

Avatar for Priscila Fojan
3 years ago

Priscila Fojan (Teacher (K-12))

This is a great resource for practicing the pythagorean theorem in middle school. There are a lot of questions that students get to go through. I like the use of arrows to instruct students on the sides of the triangle. At the beginning the students are asked to see the relationship between the sides 3 different ways in hopes they see the actual relationship. What happens if they don't see the relationship after the third time? On the Google Doc, it goes to a question. I do like that you explain what the student did wrong when they answered a certain way.

Technical Remarks:

Goes to Google doc outline of StAIR - wish I was able to review actual StAIR assignment.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Jason Novak
3 years ago

Jason Novak (Teacher (K-12))

I could not get the slide show working, but I see what its all about.  Its been a long time since I figured these problems, and this brought it all back.  I was figuring out the problems just as students would.  

Technical Remarks:

I could not get this moving as a slide show. 

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Susan Kwiatkowski
3 years ago

Susan Kwiatkowski (Student)

Unfortunately, the link in MERLOT does not take us to the actual STAIR but to the google doc.  I have the same issue with my link.  I have reviewed Pricilla's and I'm not sure how she did it, but the "Go to Materials" links right to the STAIR. Reading through the material, I found it very informative and the flow is very good.  I would love to view this as an actual STAIR, if I am looking to the wrong link please let me know.  Great information though and I am sure that the STAIR is an amazing project for the age group.

Technical Remarks:

Couldn't find the actual STAIR to work from

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes