Unit 5 WebQuest Project
It's All Greek To Me
Introduction
 Task
 Process
 Guidance
 Resources
 Conclusion
Introduction
Are you ready for some time travel? You've been
selected to join us on an adventure through the ages, back to the time
of the ancient Greeks. Along the way, you'll research the life and mathematical
discoveries of Pythagoras. You'll also explore many threedimensional
solids known to the ancient Greeks and construct one of your own. Our
time machine will be leaving soon, so pack your geometry tool kit and
prepare to meet a geometry giant!
The Task
Below is a brief description of each challenge
you will complete on your journey. The Process
section has a detailed description of each challenge. Also, the Guidance
section has some helpful hints, and the Resource
section has useful Web sites for you to use.
Greek Challenge 1:
First, write a short report on Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem.
Greek Challenge 2:
Second, investigate and write a report on the platonic solids known
to the Greeks.
Greek Challenge 3:
Third, create a presentation that includes both of your reports and
a threedimensional model of at least one platonic solid.
The Process
Below you will find a detailed description of
each activity.
Greek Challenge 1:
Use the Internet to research Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem.
Use at least 3 different Web sites. After completing your research,
write a 23 page report of your findings. Include the following items
in your report:
 biographical information on Pythagoras;
 how and when Pythagoras developed the Pythagorean Theorem;
 real life applications of the Pythagorean Theorem; and
 other areas of math besides geometry that make use of the Pythagorean
Theorem.
Greek Challenge 2:
Now research the threedimensional solids known to the ancient Greeks.
These solids are known as Platonic solids. Include the following items
in your report:
 a explanation of the characteristics of Platonic solids
 the number of Platonic solids
 an explanation of why there are only a limited number of these
solids
 the name and description of each Platonic solids
 a sketch of each Platonic solid
 a table showing the number of faces, edges, and vertices for each
platonic solid
 a description of the symmetry of each solid
 an explanation as to why these solids have been named Platonic
solids and
 nets of at least three different Platonic solids
Greek Challenge 3:
 Construct a model of one or more of Platonic
solids. You can use construction paper or gumdrops and toothpicks to
create your model(s).
 Now it is time to put all of your information
together and create a presentation. Your presentation should include:
 both of your reports,
 a picture of Pythagoras, and
 your Platonic solid(s).
Guidance
If you are having difficulties with a particular
challenge, you have come to the right place! Below are some helpful
hints for each challenge.
Greek Challenge 1 and 2:
Remember to properly cite all of your web sources in your report. To
properly document your sources, click
HERE to see MLA format.
Greek Challenge 3:
 Use the Internet to search for platonic solid net or instructions
on how to build a platonic solid from gumdrops and toothpicks. Remember,
there are some helpful Web sites in the Resource
section.
 Some of the presentations that you could create are:
 a Web page,
 a PowerPoint^{®} presentation,
 a newspaper/magazine article,
 a poster, or
 a video.
Resources
Below are some useful Web sites that
you are advised to use to successfully complete this WebQuest. Just
as a reminder, you are not limited to these Web sites. Instead, they
are simply a starting point.
AllMath
Cool
Math Sites
Google
Pythagoras
of Samos
www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/3740/
www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/proof/puzzle/theoremsans.html
Yahooligans
www.math.utah.edu/~alfeld/math/polyhedra/polyhedra.html
matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_128_g_1_t_3.html
www.zoomschool.com/math/geometry/solids/
Conclusion
We hope you enjoyed your journey through time.
Now that you are firmly back in the present, what were your impressions
of our dear friend Pythagoras? Quite a remarkable man, wouldn't you
say? And to think that he and other ancient Greeks discover so much
of the geometry we know today with out the aid of a computer!
