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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Geometric Sewing (and a little Social Studies)

We began class with Social Studies.  We read about World War II and then I asked them to complete a Google Doc that analyzes the war.  The answers to the Doc could all be found in today's reading.

We will complete the Doc tomorrow.

We moved into math by playing a Kahoot with our Countdown to STAAR.  It's funny, they all seem to believe that since we have finished our testing they NO LONGER KNOW HOW to do any math...

I had to remind them that we do have 5 additional weeks of school, and, as their math teacher, I will be assigning math problems!

However, there is a silver lining....  Geometric Sewing!

Every year after taking our Math STAAR test, I like to give the kids a little mathematical art therapy!  I begin with the Kaleidoscopic Octagon, which emphasizes rotational and reflectional symmetry.  Then, I move into geometric sewing.  Basically, this is line design with string.  

Line designs are geometric patterns formed 
entirely by the use of straight line segments that 
produce the illusion of a curve. 

We did not get very far today.   We spent the few remaining minutes of math class preparing our sewing surface.

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