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Compass Mandalas

The word “mandala” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “circle” and has it’s roots in Hindu and Buddhist traditions.  We know mandalas as circular designs with radial symmetry and repeating patterns.  Mandalas can be found today in a variety of cultures as well as in nature. (Ask students where they have seen circles, or patterns […]

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Designs with Number Patterns

This lesson is adapted from a math activity my own kids did in middle school, where they used colored string to “stitch” their patterns on card stock.  I simplified this lesson for my students (4th grade and up), replacing the needle and thread with markers and a ruler….  Have you ever marveled at the fascinating […]

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Tessellations are all around us! A tile floor is a good example. Encourage your students to find other tessellating patterns in the world around them. Then make your own tessellations inspired by artist M.C. Escher. (Don’t be afraid to try these… they are much easier than they look!) First, some helpful vocabulary:M.C. Escher – a […]

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Toothpick Sculptures – 3D Pyramid Stars

Kids love any opportunity to work in 3D and are surprised to discover all they can make using just toothpicks and some modeling material. After practicing a few basic forms, let their imaginations run wild and see all the creative ideas they can come up with! First, let’s begin with some basic vocabulary….Tetrahedron – a […]

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Paper Magic

It’s amazing how many ways you can turn kids on to MATH using ART!!! In my teacher workshop, “Teach Kids Math with Art”, we experienced lots of ways to do just that! This project makes a great introduction to the study of topology. Topology is a type of geometry concerned with space, dimension and transformation. […]

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