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Manipulatives for square roots

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From: Paul Burgmayer <pburgmayer@gvsd.org>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: May 16, 2004 at 06:34:57
Subject: Manipulatives for square roots

I have seen on the web various ways to help students visualize squares using manipulatives. So you can arrange tiles so that you get squares from 1,4,9,16,25... My question has to do with going the other way. Is there a manipulative activity that allows students to "see" the square roots "within" the numbers. So for instance, 24 is 2sqrt(6). Is there an activity that would allow them to see this without resorting to finding doubles of prime factors? Thanks, Paul

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