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 Ms. J Joined: Sep 2005 Posts: 1,809 Senior Member
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Math art to display at Open House
04-21-2008, 07:50 PM
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I am looking for fun and creative math art (not a project...something which can be done in class) to display at Open House. My mind feels so mushy right now, I cannot think of anything creative. I am open to an in class activity which reviews previous math concepts (particularly division or equations/expressions) or something with graphing or probability. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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04-21-2008, 08:04 PM
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I taught the kids to use protractors and compasses. We also discussed various kinds of lines- parallel, intersecting, etc.

Then, I did one of those things where I tell the kids...

Create a line that goes from one end of the paper to the other.

Draw another line that intersects that line, but touches at least one different edge of the paper.

Use the compass to make a 4 inch circle. Make sure it overlaps at least one line.

Make a 2 inch circle. Make sure it does not touch any lines.

Make a square, make sure it overlaps at least one other shape.

and so on...

then, when they color it in, they pick three contrasting colors. They color it in so the colors cannot touch the same color... hope this makes sense. I will try to take a picture and post it. By the way, when they color, make sure they color the whole thing in, without many white streaks.

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04-22-2008, 02:31 AM
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Glyphs are always a fun way to incorporate art into math.

Use the glyphs to answer questions. How many people...?

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mathwire
04-22-2008, 04:50 AM
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Have you visited mathwire.com? It has great activities (including art) for all math concepts. It is a great find!

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Fraction Pie and Circle Art
04-22-2008, 01:48 PM
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My door has fraction creatures made from circle fractions with the addtion equations and equivalent fractions labeled. we useed Ed Emberley's book for our inspiration.

I am starting the circle art multiples, using multiples and dividing a circle up using the one's place of each multiple to divide and develop different patterns. Very cool and helps them remember that 2 evens equals an even, 2 odds equals and odd, and an odd and an even also equals an even. They make cool designs that they then color. I will put it on a pdf if you are interested.

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We just did this!
04-22-2008, 01:54 PM
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We are in our study of solid figures and shapes. I found some Black-line masters of "Op Art" (Optical Art)on www.abcteach.com (we did not attempt to create our own as our Art teacher suggested that it might be too tricky for most/all of the kids). The kids learned about complementary colors to color patterns of cubes and other Op Art designs which give the illusion of movement and depth when colored. First we used colored pencils to create our patterns, then imported the black-line patterns into Kid Pix and used the paint bucket to create more. The kids had a blast and the designs were great for showing off.

Good luck!

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04-22-2008, 01:55 PM
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I'm not teaching math this year, but my partner just had them all make Gallon Man---you have probably seen these. It reviews everything that goes into making up a gallon (cups, pints, quarts, etc.)

They all looked different and were really cute! Sorry I don't have more info---but when I googled it, these sites look like what she did, and you could always adapt them to your needs!

http://home.att.net/~clnetwork/math/...r.%20gallon%22

http://www.twogetherexpress.com/gallon%20man2.htm

http://www.education-world.com/a_les...ilylp094.shtml

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Symmetry Pictures
04-22-2008, 05:26 PM
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We always do a symmetry picture every year. I take a close-up picture of each child and cut it out on the line of symmetry. The kids have to use a ruler to measure distances of their features from the line of symmetry and add the other side of the picture. Here's some pictures from last school year:

http://www.bv229.k12.ks.us/lve_3rdGr...rypictures.htm

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Math Art
04-22-2008, 05:31 PM
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Hi!

I purchased a scholastic book called Math Art. I have done a couple of the activities in there, although revised them to meet the needs of my students.

Some of the things that I have done are:

1. Gallery of Fraction Flags - students create a crest with the name of their fraction. Then they have to determine how to build their flag into equal parts for their fraction. Some of the students got very creative, some basically made 2 out of 4 parts are red, etc. They had a great time designing their crest though.

2. Multiplication House - Students picked a factor. The factor goes on the roof of the house. Then each window is numbered (0-9 or more) on the outside. When a window is opened, the product is shown. For example. The house of 2 would have a window that shows "3". When the window flap is opened, "6" is shown because 2x3=6.

I am trying to think of something to do after state testing, as well as an end of year project. I'm thinking that I want to do something along the lines of surveys and graphs. Each group will have to make surveys to send to other classes, compile the data, and then build a graph using the data. I just don't know yet!

Hope this helps!
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luvmycat
04-22-2008, 06:11 PM
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Can you post the pdf of the circle art? I am a bit confused, but it sounds like fun. Can you explain more?

Love the idea of glyphs. I can't believe I have never done one before. So many great ideas. I appreciate your help.

By the way...we just created Mr. Gallon last week, and they came out great. The students had so much fun making them!

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I would love to see the PDF too!
04-22-2008, 07:48 PM
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Luvmycat,
I would love to see the pdf as well. I am looking for something like this to do and we are starting fractions next week. Thanks. My email is Ashleyhoffman@pecschools.com
THANK YOU!

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sorry, my original has a copywrite
04-23-2008, 11:10 AM
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However, I found a great description of the lesson online
@ http://people.stfx.ca/lborden/circle...s%20lesson.doc

This is my version:
I have a worksheet where they:
1. Choose a number to multiply (let's say 4)

2. Write the products for 1-12 times their chosen number (4)

0 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36

3.Circle the digits in the one's place and list them as the pattern

0, 4, 8, 2, 6, 0, 4, 8, 2, 6

4. Using the 0-9 numbered circle (in the attached lesson plan) they use a ruler to connect the numbers in the pattern. (This one makes a great 5-pointed star.)

The worksheet that they do (not included) has 4 places for them to practice different numbers to use as a factor. Then they negotiate with their table groups and make a set of the larger circles and brightly color them for ther groups.

Then we process the different things that we recognize:
same patterns (4 and 6 are both stars)
clockwise vs counterclockwise (4 is the clockwise version of 6)
odd numbers in the pattern are only when the 2 factors are odd.

We post the same patterns together and talk about how they are also different.

As far as a bulletin board, I have made a poster, laminated with the large circles with 0-12. Then they write about the keypoints that they have learned.

I have taken a picture of the laminated poster and will post it tonight. The writing will be done later this week.

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Picture's worth a thousand words
04-23-2008, 08:03 PM
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Hope these make the circle pattern activity more clear.
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Having trouble shrinking a photo
04-23-2008, 08:18 PM
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I keep getting a message that the file is invalid. It worked once, anyone have a a clue?

I have the Picture Pie examples and a photo of the worksheet we use for the circle patterns.

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Luvmycat
04-24-2008, 07:52 PM
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one more question.

I really like your circles. Do you have the original source (name of book), so I could order it myself? I love the idea, and I think my students would really enjoy it! Let me know. Thanks!

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Angle Tangle
04-25-2008, 08:15 AM
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We did a really neat art/math project for our geometry unit. We took black construction paper- about 12 by 18 and cut the edges to look like all different size angles then we wrote in cray pas every geometry term we could think of and drew pictures/symbols where appropriate.

They turned out really cool. A great culminating activity!

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Slides, flips and turns
04-25-2008, 02:40 PM
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We have just complted a unit on transformations.
Each child created a shape and then cut out 6-8 of their shape.
On a contrasting colour they were to choose - slide, flip or turn and then glue their shapes to make designs on their background.

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04-25-2008, 05:58 PM
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This was a series of math investigations matched with the NCTM standards in 1994. They are organized by grade and the standards from that year, which have certainly changed since then. I have really enjoyed using them over the years. I was able to find a website that talked about them, but I can't find a place to purchase them. I am thinking that they may still be in print.
Good luck!

I did extend the investigation more than the publication did. I added the larger form that is in the picture for the use on the poster and the writing.

We did the writing today and they all seemed to get it!

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Tessellations
04-25-2008, 06:37 PM
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A very attractive tessellation display can be made with a variety of 2D shapes and magazines( See attached) you can take one large picture from a magazine ,cut the pieces and assemble as a 'cubist' picture. These look great.
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Symmetry
04-25-2008, 06:41 PM
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Students are given the task of researching and making a flag of the world that has a symmetrical pattern. These look great hanging from the ceiling like bunting.
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