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Simple Spirolaterals

Simply Math
Grade Levels
3rd - 8th, Homeschool
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Investigate patterns created after you convert three letters to numbers. After you create a design you can decorate it with crayons or felt pens.

This could easily be a distance activity, a team building activity, a challenge for a gifted student, or share with families at home or a math night.

All you need is dot paper and a pencil. If students don't have dot paper at home they could place one sheet of lined paper rotated 90º over several sheets of lined paper. Instead of dots, students create patterns imagining dots where the lines cross.

A video explains how to create a simple spirolateral. A web page has many resources. Spirolaterals with more then three numbers can be a fascinating extension to the activity. Often a class would spend any free time every day for a month trying to find the patterns. Of course, I included the patterns with your purchase. ;-)

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20 pages, a video explaining the activity, a PowerPoint™ presentation, and a
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