Circle Math with Paper Plates!

December 4th, 2017 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Monday, December 4, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wholemovement – Folding Circles

(wholemovement.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This is fascinating! Bradford Hansen-Smith has been folding circles and teaching people of all ages how to do it for twenty-five years. He states, “Mathematics is based on the geometry of drawing pictures of the circle and using parts of the circle for constructing information from these static images. The square and all other polygons are only a part of the circle, all limited to a specific number of sides. The circle has no sides, it does not have limits.”

Under “How to Fold Circles” you’ll find four free, fundamental activities with instructions to make: 

  • A Sphere
  • A Tetrahedron
  • An Octahedron
  • An Icosahedron

You’ll also find on the home page a fascinating animation that demonstrates how folded circles combine into a spherical pattern that Buckminster Fuller called the Vector Equilibrium.

Hansen-Smith was inspired by the work of Fuller, and now leads explorations into geometry and other forms of math by folding and joining circles. He claims that, “The circle is the most experiential, comprehensive, hands-on, educational tool we have… Every child in school should be folding as often as they draw pictures of circles, and discuss the information that is generated in the folding.”

Folding circles is accessible to anyone who can fold a circle in half, regardless of age or grade level. The main tool you’ll need are paper circles that are readily available in the form of paper plates.

By using the menu, you can read and discover more about folding circles along with information on Hansen-Smith’s workshops and products he sells in his online store.

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