Monday, March 10, 2008

Heads or Tails: Curve-Stitching The Green

St. Patrick's Day Mathematics Lesson
Suggested to me by Multicultural Mathematics: Teaching Mathematics from a Global Perspective by David Nelson, George Gheverghese Joseph and Julian Williams

OBJECTIVES:
Develop number sense
Introduce number theory
Practice sums of ten

MATERIALS:
Worksheets
History of the Shamrock
pencils
markers
video about the history of St. Patrick's Day
Richard Phillips: Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction
D. G. Wells: The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers

LESSON:
Read History of the Shamrock
Watch "The Story of St. Patrick's Day" video
Curve-stitch a shamrock (St. Patrick's Day worksheet).
Investigate the number 3 with information from Phillips and Wells.

EXTENSION:
What other shapes might you get by using other sums?

LINKS:
Search The Math Forum and enter "curve stitching" in the text field.
Google for more info about: Lissajous Figures, String Art Lissajous. JAVA sites.

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18 comments:

  1. That's really cool! I didn't even realize it had made the shamrock shape until I started reading!

    Do you remember getting string-art kits? Are you old enough to remember those? :)

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  2. That is too cool!!! My Dad used to say Math was the universal language :)

    Happy H.O.T day :)

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  3. wow ... interesting! am not much into math, but hubby is ... he'd try to get into this right away if he'd get his way! :)

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  4. That's pretty interesting. When I first saw it though it reminded me of a design that was created using one of those old "spirograph" things. I used to have one when I was a kid and had fun drawing lots of different designs with it. Good post for the meme.

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  5. I am such an idiot....I saw the picture and thought okay green lines. It took me a minute looking at it to see the shape. Blond moment I guess hehe!

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  6. There appears to be a lot of math involved. I see a graph and numbers.

    My kind fears math. And math-related activities.

    THIS BLOG IS WITCHCRAFT! IT IS IN CONGRESS WITH THE DEVIL!!!

    j/k have a great tuesday

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  7. This is really cool! I love all the different takes people come up with! It's awesome!

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  8. How cool. Is this something that always interests you, or is it a St. Paddy's Day treat?

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  9. Wow!!! Quite cool.

    My HoT 'green' is shared. I do hope you can drop by, if you haven't already. Be prepared to sing along with Kermit the Frog tho!! :::smiles:::

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  10. Too cool! I thought of string art at first, too, but this is so much more. I've bookmarked this to follow some of the links and read more. Thanks, Andrée.

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  11. Incredibly interesting and cool! :) What a great way to promote math! :)

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  12. This is so cool, amazing...wow!

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  13. What a great take on the green theme! I am going to show my children your post.

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  14. I guess I should be proud of myself because I saw the shamrock shape right away ;-) What a very unique and fun post!

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  15. Wow! That's pretty impressive - Nifty post!

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  16. Hi. Tried to post a comment last night, but my computer had a meltdown!

    I love this post. I was always math and science phobic as a kid, but I've realized recently that it was silly. I may never be good at math, but it sure it intriguing, isn't it?

    Happy St. Paddy's Day

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  17. What a cool idea! I used to teach math, so this is right up my alley! Have a great week!

    www.mamapj.com

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  18. Maybe some day I'll get brave and try one of your math problem.
    I never consider my self a math wiz but I've had people tell me that I fairly good at it.

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