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Final Assignment

Unit 8: Square Roots and Pythagorean Theorem


Grade 8
09/02/13
Curricular Expectations
-develop geometric relationships involving lines, triangles, polyhedra, and solve
problems involving lines and triangles
-demonstrate an understanding of the geometric properties of quadrilaterals and
circles and the applications of geometric properties in the real world
Part 1:
Treasure Hunt Planning
Each student will prepare treasure hunt instructions for a classmate. The instructions for
the hunt will be a compilation of square root questions and Pythagorean theorem
questions. Each treasure hunt will have a different starting location in the school.
Ex.
Start at the water fountain nearest the gym on the 3rd floor.
1. Walk the square root of 45 m. to your right
2. Walk down 22 stairs
3. Find the length of this line segment by creating a square. (Chart paper with the
line segment, along with a protractor should be supplied).
4. Find the hypotenuse length of a right angle triangle which has leg lengths of 2m
and 5m. Walk this distance in feet
5. Find the diameter length of a circle with an area of 8m2. Walk this distance in the
direction of the school office.
Example questions will be provided to students. Students are responsible to submit both
their treasure hunt steps, and an answer sheet which shows their work in solving the
problems.
*See Appendices 1-3
Length: 1-1.5 Classes
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Part 2:
Treasure Hunt Execution

Each student will be equipped with their notebook, chart paper if needed, pencil, eraser,
calculator, and a rope knotted to represent meters.
Students are required to show their work in solving the treasure hunt questions, and use
a calculator if specified.
At the end of each treasure hunt there will be two items for the participant to find:
1. Words of wisdom from the student who designed the hunt
2. Some candy

Instructions for designing your own Treasure Hunt


You will design a treasure hunt for a classmate. This treasure hunt will take place
inside Deer Park Public School, on the 3rd floor. Your hunt can start and finish in the
hall. The gym, bathrooms, and classrooms are off limits. The hunt will be a total of 5
steps. Each step will be a math question, and an instruction.
In your instructions you should include:
Where the starting point is, this must be on the 3rd floor somewhere in the
hallway.
Clear instructions and math questions, these questions should touch on the
different types of tools and equations explored in this unit. Different question
types include:
1. Finding the side length of a square by drawing a larger square
2. Estimating square roots
3. Finding the diameter or radius of a circle using the circles area
4. Finding a right triangle side length using Pythagorean Theorem
Some words of wisdom for your classmate to find at the end of the hunt.
Anything your classmate will need to complete the math questions. For
example: Any diagrams
Instructions to use a calculator if needed
**Dont make your hunt too long, make sure another grade 8 student will be able to
finish it in no more than 20 minutes
Here are some examples for what your treasure hunt can look like. These are not
questions you can put on your own hunt.
Start at the water fountain nearest the gym, start with your back to the wall where the
water fountain is.
1. Walk the square root of 36 m. to your left
2. Walk up 22 stairs

3. Find the side length of this square by creating a larger square. (graph paper with
the square drawn should be provided). Walk the side length in meters to your left.
4. Find the hypotenuse length of a right angle triangle which has leg lengths of 2m
and 5m. Walk this distance in meters
5. Find the diameter length of a circle with an area of 8m2. Walk this distance in the
direction of your math classroom.
Words of wisdom: You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose. But you cant
pick your friends nose.

In your answer sheet you should include:


where the end point is
your answers to the math questions, showing your work
Success criteria for designing your treasure hunt:
1. Use math questions which cover all four of the question types mentioned in the
instructions.
2. Submit your treasure hunt answer sheet with complete answers which show all
of your work.
3. Keep your math questions and treasure hunt instructions clear and easy to
follow.
4. Work to complete this assignment in the time provided. Youve done a lot of
learning this unit, its time to show it off and have some fun!

Marking Scheme:
____ Marks out of 4 for covering all of the question types
____ Marks out of 5 for complete answers to your questions
____ Mark out of 1 for clear instructions and on-time completion
= Total of ____ out of 10
=_______%

Timeline:
Feb. 13 2014: Assignment is distributed. Some time will be given in class to plan.
Additional planning in the school can take place on Mondays and Thursdays
afterschool until 4:00pm.
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Feb. 21st 2014: Treasure hunt instructions and answer sheet are due in class.
Feb. 27th 2014: Treasure hunt time! The treasure hunts will be set up and each
student will be assigned to complete someones hunt.

Name: _________________________________
Date: __________________________________

My School Treasure Hunt


Starting location:
Steps

Instructions

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Words of Wisdom to be found at the end of the Treasure Hunt:

Name: _________________________________
Date: __________________________________

My School Treasure Hunt Answer Sheet


*Be sure to show your work

Steps

Instructions

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Starting location:

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Ending Location: