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Lesson Plans

math and art

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Thu, 18 Apr 1996 23:16:06 -0500 (CDT)

In response to the question about math and art integration, probably=
everyone will mention Escher and tesselations, but I'll add my name to the=
list. Also, there is some fun stuff with curved designs created from=
straight lines. Our fourth grade classroom teacher uses that. Our second=
and third grade classroom teachers came up with some wonderful ideas to=
relate to a Calder exhibit which inluded estimating, measuring, grouping,=
etc. If you are interested, I can pass some of these along, but my copy of=
their proposal is at school. Tangram images might offer some interesting=
geometric tie-ins. Are you looking for a particular grade? In first=
grade, we do a nice geometric shape project; in first, second and third, we=
do projects which involve symmetry; in sixth, we draw cones, cylinders,=
cubes and spheres and do a portrait exercise which requires exact=
measurement (using a ruler properly is a skill our math teachers value) and=
it involves symmetry as well. In seventh, we do a grid enlargement, which=
has strong math carryover. Also, we do a "focusing" project which requires=
the use of ratios. Lots of projects employ patterning and that could be=
adapted in a mathematical way. Classical Greek architects used the Golden=
Mean, which is a mathematical concept, and the pyramids of Egypt could=
provide some interesting subjects for students of solid geometry. Hope=
this helps.

Eileen Prince
Sycamore School