Fractals and Patterns in Nature Activity

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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7 pages
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This will get students thinking about fractals and patterns in nature. It will get students thinking in new ways about the natural world around them.

  • Are you looking for a meaningful activity to do in outside with your students?
  • This patterns activity will work for many grade levels. And, it will get them all thinking.
  • Looking for fractals and patterns in nature can be integrated with math and art.
  • Included are:

- a poster of Benoit Mandelbrot, the scientist/mathematician who discovered and coined the term fractal,

- two pages showing pictures of patterns and fractals in nature

- a scavenger hunt recording sheet for students, and ideas and references for follow-up activities.

  • What are you waiting for! Get outside and have some fun!

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole. For example, partition a shape into 4 parts with equal area, and describe the area of each part as 1/4 of the area of the shape.
Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.


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