My "Hands on Activity" is on proving the Pythagorean Theorem. This is a fun activity where students are given a right triangle and have to create squares on each side of the triangle. Starbursts are used to create these squares. They will determine the area of each square by counting the starbursts. Students will then come to the conclusion that the sum of the areas of the two legs of a right triangle equals the area of the hypotenuse.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this project. The Pythagorean Theorem is one of my favorite math topics and I have never done a project on it before, so this was a learning experience for me! If I get the chance to teach this theorem, I will definitely use this activity. It is a great way to prove the Pythagorean Theorem and show students the math technicality behind this theorem.