WREATH

MATH
Tie this project into the study of geometric shapes and forms. Discuss the properties of a circle, including radius and diameter. Try to figure out the number of flowers needed to fill the area of the styrofoam wreath

HISTORY
Discuss the history and meaning of a national holiday like Veteran’s Day and create red, white and blue design, each student may participate by contributing a flower to the wreath .

LANGUAGE ARTS
Write words to a song or poem that express feelings and gratitude. Perform your original score for the camera and then play back and critique as a class project.

SCIENCE
Write words to a song or poem that express feelings and gratitude. Perform your original score for the camera and then play back and critique as a class project.

EXTENSION
Display your wreath and hold a ceremony to commemorate an event. Display the wreaths and take pictures. Try submitting this activity to your local newspaper, school newsletter or web-site.

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INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN HISTORY GAME

MATH
This game is created using geometric segments. Determine how many like shapes repeat themselves. Make an inspirational catcher of famous women who have made contributions in the area of math.

HISTORY
Many women throughout history have made notable contributions over a great time span. Play this game to discover some of their contributions and then make your own inspirational catcher to reflect more inspiring women’s contributions .

LANGUAGE ARTS
Create an inspirational catcher centered around famous women writers. Contrast and compare the notable contributions made by women..

SCIENCE
Women have played an important role in the field of science throughout history. Try creating an inspirational catcher which depicts the contributions women have made in the field of science..

EXTENSION
Make an inspirational catcher dedicated to women that have inspired you, for example a mother, sister, aunt, cousin or special friend.

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WEIGHTED PAPER FLYER

MATH
Notice the design is made up of rectangular shapes and the blades are bent at angles from the base, try to have students identify the degree of the angles created in this design.

HISTORY
Have a class discussion about the history of flying machines. From the early prototypes designed by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Renaissance to the first successful helicopter in the late 1930’s designed by Igor Sikorsky .

LANGUAGE ARTS
Flying machines have been given many different names from war time aircraft to commercial airliners. Have students come up with a name and write it on their flyer.

SCIENCE
Create a hypothesis, which way will the blades spin, clockwise or counter clockwise, discuss why, try out the weighted paper flyer to see the results, and determine what factors were involved in the direction the blades moved.

EXTENSION
Have a competition, either individually or as teams and see who comes closest to a landing point that is marked by a circle on the ground.

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TRAUMATROPE

MATH
Discuss how to find the center of a circle. Define radius, circumference and diameter.

HISTORY
During the depression, many people did not have a lot of money to buy toys, so children often found creative and innovative ways to make their own. Talk about other popular toys from this era.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Come up with fun rhyming words to go with this new toy, like cat and hat and have a picture of a cat on one side and a hat on the other. Try using compound vocabulary words like HOPE on one side and FULL on the other, so when spinning it makes the word HOPEFUL.

SCIENCE
Discuss energy and motion.What forces are at work? How is the speed of the spin determined? What direction is the toy spinning, clockwise or counterclockwise? What controls how long the toy will spin? Have fun finding these answers together as a class, as everyone gets into the spin of things.

EXTENSION
Try creating a dance while keeping the traumatrope in motion. What is the controlling factor, the toy, the person or the music? Try different types of music with different beats..

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TESSELLATIONS

MATH
Create original art with geometric shapes that when combined with one another create beautiful artistic patterns.

HISTORY
Graphic artist M. C. Escher and mathematician Sir Roger Penrose brought attention to the concept of tessellations. Discuss other uses for this patterned type of art for example it was used in Ancient Rome and in Islamic art commonly seen in decorative geometric tiling.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Discuss words to describe tessellations, for example, triangles, squares and hexagons. Identify and demonstrate the meaning of the words rotation, reflection and duplication using tessellations.

SCIENCE
Talk about how tessellations are found in nature, for example the honeycomb. Look carefully at the patterns found in scales of snake skins, or patterns on the outside of a pineapple. Create nature tessellations and develop a guessing game to see who can identify where they might be found in nature.

EXTENSION
Use building blocks to create
3- D tessellation sculpture pieces. Create buttons and stickers and jewelry using colorful beads to create unique repeating patterns.

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TANGRAM

MATH
Identify the different shapes and the number of sides each shape has, for example a triangle, square and rhomboid. How do they fit together to create a geometric shape? Discuss rotations, degrees and inverting angles.

HISTORY
The Chinese refer to this game as Qi Qiao Ban or roughly translated this means seven pieces. What other interesting facts can you find out this ancient Chinese art?

LANGUAGE ARTS
Study Asian culture and literature. Write a haiku poem and illustrate it using the shapes from the tangram.

SCIENCE
Pareidolia is the science of interpreting how something is observed such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or even hearing hidden messages in music. Pareidolia effects the way people interpret random images, or patterns. Give all the student the tangram pieces and see how many different images can be made from the same seven pieces.

EXTENSION
Using stop action photography, take a series of photographs of the shape being constructed out of the tangrams pieces. Play back the individual shots very quickly to create a mini animation

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SUDOKU

MATH
Change out the names on the playing pieces to numbers, this is a fun math infused critical thinking game. Try to add color to the numbers to help visually identify repeated patterns Have a contest to see who comes up with the most similar sets.

HISTORY
This game originated in Japan. Have a class discussion on famous Japanese historical landmarks and try to create new game pieces showing six different places to visit in“The Land of the Rising Sun”.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Discuss different types of poetry and make playing pieces with the name of poetic forms like Limerick, Ode, Sonnet, Haiku, Elegy and Couplet.

SCIENCE

Try creating game pieces around the study of earth
science and use space elements, like plants, galaxies or various
space anomalies to make different playing pieces. In the study of
astronomy try using six different constellations, the possibilities
in space are endless.

EXTENSION
Use your imagination to create a unique board game that reflects your personality. Try making game pieces using images of your favorite food, sports team, art, books, movies or theatrical performances.

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