Fractal Hearts (Age 7)

The Activities

  1. Topics: Geometry, Fractals: Book: Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by S. Campbell.
  2. Topics: Geometry, Fractals: I showed them how to make some standard fractals (tree, snowflake, Sierpinski triangle), and we spent some time drawing each of them.  Some of the kids also designed their own fractals.IMG_1685IMG_1684
  3. Topics: Arithmetic, Order of Operations: We revisited the fives activity, where we tried to make as many numbers as possible using only fives and standard arithmetic operations.  Here’s the progress so far:
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How Did It Go?

Mysterious Patterns

The kids were pretty interested in this book, and it led well into…

Drawing Fractals

We spent quite a bit of time on this; the kids would have happily done this the whole circle. Some of the invented fractals were pretty nice.

Fives

Some progress was made, but the kids aren’t as inventive as I might have expected. They’re especially hesitant to use subtraction, interestingly.

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