Using Ann-Marie Ison’s incredible math art with kids

I have to start this post with an apology for *totally* butchering Ann-Marie Ison’s name at the start of the first video. I’d let my son move in front of me to see the pictures, and . . . . oh gracious. So sorry.

Despite that horrible start, this was a really fun project. I saw these three pictures on twitter today via a Dan Anderson retweet:

The first thing I did with the boys for this project was just look at the pictures and talk a little bit about what they thought was going on. [sorry again for getting the name so terribly wrong]


Next we made our own version. It took a while for the boys to suggest something that we could actually draw (!) but this was really fun. We got to talk about modular arithmetic, primes, and even a bit of geometry.


So, a super fun project. I’m so glad to have seen this pictures on twitter today!!



2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. This is the circular equivalent of the first exploration I did that started with looking at images from Dan’s OP site
    I was completely captivated by the seemingly non-symmetrical way the structure grew.
    It’s so interesting to me how exploring a mysterious looking graph can draw a person deeply into inquiry about the relationships that the graphing shows.

    Your posts from today, playing with Martin’s desmos graphs, look really super.

    • This is something that could be explored for a long time – months for sure.

      It was neat that my younger son (sort of) understood why the simple patterns he stumbled on we’re so simple.

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