To be honest, math is not really my strong point and I have always struggled with it. I have never been in a math class with any type of creativity and I have always found myself bored or not understanding what is happening in my math classes throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. So, I've learned from my negative experiences with math and I want to make math interesting and fun for my students!

This week our topic has been recognizing pattern's and completing/extending them. Pattern's can be found anywhere and one place I noticed them in particular is in my room. While designing my room for the school year finding pattern's that I liked was very important to me. Here are some example's of pattern's in my room:

The quilt on my bed has a continuous pattern with colors and lines.
The flower wreathe on my wall with a color pattern of red, orange, and pink.
A decoration in my room also has a continuous pattern consisted of colors and lines.
Now that you have seen some of the many pattern's that exist in my room now it is time for my math activity! To make math more interesting for me and hopefully one day my students I want to incorporate art into my math lesson plans. This week I am going to make math art that matches my room design. I think using art with the topic of pattern's is perfect, so children can be creative and understand pattern's better by creating their own. I feel like this activity also shows that math pattern's can apply to other subjects like art and it shows that learning pattern's is not useless information and can be used in many aspects of life. 
This is a design I made using graph paper, markers, and colored pencils. I tried to apply as many different pattern's I could. 

Notice I tried to use the letter "E" in my design. The first noticeable pattern exists in the "E" with the different colors orange, yellow, and pink. The continuous color pattern is orange, yellow, pink, orange, yellow, pink, etc...

The second pattern that I used was the non-checkered "E" and the checkered "E". The pattern is Non-checkered E, checkered E, non checkered E, checkered E. 

There are several other pattern's I used and while making the picture I didn't even realize I was using a pattern until I was done. 

Here are some other examples of "math art" using pattern's I found on Pinterest and Google Images:

Reflection: I realized from this activity that math can in fact be creative. Combining math and art is great, because it makes math more fun and exciting for kids. I like that this activity shows that math can be creative, and that as long as the pattern the child makes can be continued, then there really is no wrong pattern. 
9/4/2013 03:04:37 am


5Cs + (all present)

Love this throughout. Your own project, connections from class to life, shared your thinking on your patterns in your grids. Love the idea of more than one pattern layered in. Great work.


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