This is a fairly simple activity that allows for something different in the teaching of Pythagoras’ Theorem.
When looking at measurement, year 7 measure “body units” and use them to measure things in the classroom, as an example of estimating. Then, when we move onto perimeter, we come back to one body unit, the pace.
An outdoors activity is always a welcome change to a maths lesson. To introduce rates, I take the class outdoors to measure their heart rate.
Simon Job — eighth year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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