Middle School Math Activity: Pythagorean Theorem Demonstration with Skittles

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Middle School Math Activity: Skittles and the Pythagorean Theorem

The Pythagorean Theorem states that the square of the two short sides of a right triangle equals the square of the hypotenuse. 
It can be written a^2 + b^2 = c^2 and can be used with right triangles in order to find missing sides.
If you have the length of two sides of the right triangle, you can easily find the third.

In this demonstration of the Pythagorean Theorem with skittles, you will see how the short side squared plus the other short side squared, equals the hypotenuse squared.

Demo Pythagorean Theorem

All you need are bags of skittles and a print-out of a net of a right triangle.

Demo Pythagorean Theorem

Divide the skittles into different colors and students can see how the Pythagorean Theorem works.
An advantage of this activity is that the students get to touch and see this important theorem which will increase understanding.

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