Project-Based Learning Math & Art: Geometry Transformations

Grade Levels
4th - 5th
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38 pages
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Are you ready to get your kids excited about math, reading, and art? Here we go!

This product consists of three parts. The first part has a biography of Keith Haring, and a short article about breakdancing. It includes an activity about internal/external character action/traits.

The second part introduces/reviews math vocabulary: Translation, reflection, and rotation (slide, flip, turn). Students use Keith Haring figures to show the desired movements. This part has a problem solving component. They have three benchmark moves their figure must do. The moves in between the benchmark positions are up to them. They just have to be able to describe their figure’s movement.

In addition, students follow “choreography” for a Keith Haring figure and glue it into place by following the prescribed dance steps.

Finally, they make up their own choreography moves (using math vocabulary) for another classmate to follow with his/her Haring figure.

Part three teaches the students how to create a Haring-inspired piece of art, while describing the moves their dance figures make.

There is a Teacher Talk page for each part. They give directions for each section.

Here's what you get with this product:

1. 7 pages of Teacher Talk instructions, lesson narrative and tips.

2. 5 page colored biography of Keith Haring

3. Two page article, color, about break dancing.

4. Internal/External character trait activity for students (2 pages, black and white).

5. 4 colored posters to teach/review transformations, translation, reflection and rotation (angles of rotation).

6. 10 student activity pages for The Choreography Math Challenge, Busta' Move Choreography and Busta' Move Freestyle. All of these are hands on math activity pages.

7. One key for The Choreography Math Challenge.

8. Two colored direction pages for the art challenge, with photos. Two black and white copies are also provided.

Total Pages
38 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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