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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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