CLARK — Seventh grade students in Miss Faro’s math classes at Kumpf Middle School spent the last week working on colorful creations. In preparation for the NJ ASK, students learned about the importance of patterns in mathematics. As an activity during the week of state testing, students spent the afternoon periods designing a figure that they wanted to tessellate, or form in a mosaic pattern.
The tessellations involved students creating a figure, repeating it multiple times in order to cover an entire poster, then selecting a colorful design or pattern to draw. The patterns that were created ranged from simple to intricate designs. All the students worked together to figure out what their tessellation looked most like and what they could create from each given shape. Constructing these tessellations offered a fun, relaxing activity for students to do as a break during the testing week.
In the photo above, Miss Faro’s 8th and 9th period class poses with their finished tessellation projects.
Students in Miss Faro’s math classes at Kumpf Middle School in Clark learned about geometry in their last two units. The Progressive Mathematics Initiative program includes two dimensional and three dimensional geometry units into the 7th grade curriculum. With every unit, students select a real life connection to complete a project on for the given subject. Students realized that maps display various two dimensional shapes and are often used to calculate distances as well as for directions. Many students made connections to Great Adventure and Disney, navigating around the theme parks.
Miss Faro and Miss Molloy’s classes decided they would construct and design their own geometric cities. Students were able to work in pairs or individually to create a two dimensional city with certain parameters. Students learned how to draw perfect parallel and perpendicular lines using a ruler and protractor. All groups used graph paper for the planning stages, but then translated their images to a poster using a scale they created. Each map had to include ten buildings shaped like polygons and with mathematical names as well as a park with square dimensions. Students got to decorate and add various city items into a key such as traffic lights, crossing guards and stop signs. This project showcased the student’s geometry skills while allowing them to be creative.
(Photos courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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