My students create mandalas as part of our geometry unit. After reading the book, Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander, students are anxious to try out the "formula" for circumference. (If you've never read any of her books, go find them NOW!! Neuschwander writes medieval picture books that explain mathematical concepts, told as a story. My kids always love them!! And they remember the concepts!)
Then comes the fun part of teaching the class how to use a compass. Have lots of scratch paper available; it's tricky to master! Once they have their compass mastered, I show many examples of mandalas.
here. Mandalas: sneaking in the math; it's so much more than just art!
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