Using art to teach mathematics is a great way to improve interest, engage visual spatial learners, and improve understanding and retention while having fun.
This activity introduces students to the concept of equivalency in fractions and percentages, using an interactive art activity. Students explore a symmetrical mosaic, using a scaffolded investigation they create equivalent fractions and are introduced to the concept of percentage. They then create their own mosaic design, either a symmetrical pattern or a mosaic style picture, using a blank hundred grid. Applying their knowledge, students then calculate the fraction out of 100, the simplified fraction, and the percentage of the whole for each colour they have used.
Pre-existing knowledge: this activity is ideal for students who have some experience working with unit fractions and both written and pictorial representations of fractions. Students do not need to have any experience with equivalent fractions or percentages.
In addition to being well suited to students in grades 3 and 4, this activity is suitable for use with gifted students in grades 1 and 2 who require mathematical extension, and can be given as a stand-alone investigation that can be completed independently.