|Grade span:||K to 2|
Description:This lesson provides students the opportunity to discover different types of mathematical patterns through a fund-raising opportunity. Students work together to learn about various types of patterns used to make the flowers, while also learning about the various aspects of fund-raising. This project culminates with the creation and sale of paper flowers.
- Students will work in cooperative groups
- Students will use problem-solving strategies
- Students will recognize patterns, relations, and functions
- Students will represent mathematical ideas through charts and tables
There are a variety of materials needed throughout this project. The project overview provides a sample of the materials that will be needed to complete this project; however, prior to beginning any project it is important to read through all activities and make a list of all the materials needed. For full information on this project, follow this link to Teacher Source on PBS Online, Pedalling Petals, Advance planning will allow for proper funding to be allocated or donations to be solicited in order to acquire all materials necessary.
- Use the materials you have to create inviting areas (centers) where students have access to all materials they may need.
- Have objects to sort mixed in a large bowl or bag at each center and place a handful on a plate for each student.
What to Do:This project includes many activity descriptions that provide specific instruction on how to focus on the mathematics behind this craft and fundraiser activity. Specific math components including asking students to create a table illustrating the number of triangles that will be needed to make the flowers. Students are also asked to create tables illustrating the various prices of the flowers; each of these charts is then used during the flower sale. Students will need guidance in developing the charts and assembling the flowers. For complete lesson descriptions, including activity sheets and guides for instructors, follow the PBS Online link above.
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Students' ability to successfully work with group members to complete activities
- Student's use of mathematical vocabulary to discuss processes and procedures
- Understanding of basic properties of shapes and patterns among objects and communication of this understanding through drawings and words