Thursday, February 5, 2015

School of Athens Inquiries

Because I need to add more to my schedule, I agreed to do a play this year.  One of the moms in the group rewrote a truncated, child-friendly version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which takes place in Athens. While we discussed details of the play, the kids worked on inquires to go with our "School of Athens" component.   

Here they are making polyhedrons with toothpicks and marshmallows.

Some made necklaces with colored beads.  Each bead represented a digit of Pi, which could go on and on.  The necklace may come in handy when memorizing the digits of Pi for Pi-Day, March 14th.

A helpful system includes a numbered egg carton for the beads, and then following the digits 3.1415926535...and so on, while stringing the beads.

A final inquiry came from the this great math book, in which a few kids learned how to make a perfect spiral using a compass and the Golden Rectangle.

This was just a short introduction of the next component, which focuses on simple machines, numbers, geometry, science, and philosophy.  

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