Practical Application of the Pythagorean Theorem: Building a Slide Park

By Susan LoFranco on Apr 24, 2017

  • Student will be able to apply the Pythagorean Theorem to everyday situations.
  • Prior knowledge calculating area and circumference


  • Colored Markers, Dots, Tape to connect dots, (for drawing triangles)
  • Straight edge ruler (large print or braille) 
  • Graph Paper (bold or raise lined)  


  • Vocabulary: Hypotenuse, Right Triangle, Triangle Legs, Pythagorean Theorem
  • Review with the student The Pythagorean Theorem:  Given a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sums of the squares of the two sides or a2 + b2 = c2
  • Brainstorm with the student practical uses of the Pythagorean Theorem.  
  • The student should record his or her responses using the media of choice. 
  • If the student has difficulty coming up with ideas for practical uses of the Pythagorean Theorem watch the following video together:

slide from YouTube video

  • The student will be designing his/her own slide park. Attached are specifications for the slide park.
  • Review with student the specifications for the slide park.  Building a slide park worksheet
  • Once the student is confident in their understanding, they should begin designing their park.  





collage of slide park