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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snowflake Geometry (Day 2)

We continued our exploration of snowflakes as they relate to geometry.  We began by completing our notes about the geometric figures:  hexagons, trapezoids, and equilateral triangles.  To watch today's notes, go to:  Snowflake Geometry Day 2.  

Once we completed the notes, we created snowflakes.  Each student was given a template to use.  I found the templates at http://www.daves-snowflakes.com/patterns.html  Each template began as a hexagon, was folded on a line of symmetry to form a trapezoid, was folded to form a rhombus, and finally folded to form an equilateral triangle.  Now, the students cut away the black areas.  Each snowflake was attached to a sheet of black construction paper:

Finally, the students had to write critically about the snowflake.  I did not want to read about "fun" or "cool" or "awesome."  While I love hearing this words about my class, they are not mathematical words that describe our learning.  So the writing prompt was:

Explain the geometry found in your snowflake by describing at least three geometric attributes.

I have taken the snowflakes and descriptions up to display them on lockers.  Snow in Texas!

HOMEWORK:  Countdown 2.5

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