Shapes: making wonders with small means (this session with the 3rd graders)

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One session – one hour.
Material:
one fine line black marker (0.5), one fine point black Sharpie.

This is what I show them before starting, just an idea for possibilities, the combinations are endless.

I propose to the students to chose a shape: circle, triangle or square, to draw one and to start making associations. They can vary the thickness of the lines, the size of the shapes, to use empty or blackened shapes and of course make all sorts of combinations.

The idea is to start a cluster from the center, to grow it from there and to see what happens.

I show quickly an example, by drawing on the dry board and then they start.
Some students ask me if they can chose the three shapes at the same time, and I say yes. But I tell them they should try to use only one and see where it goes [In this particular class pretty much all the students decided to work with only one shape].

This exercise makes them experiment with making something surprising with small means. The results are very different from a student to another, which is something they enjoy seeing at the end of the session.

Lines: thickness and space 2

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Lines – Three short exercises. Approximately one hour.

2. Using only a repetition of triangles (could have been any other shape)
As many or as few triangles as the student wishes.
Any combination, superposition.
Using empty and blackened triangle.
Varying the thickness of the lines.
Tool
: sharpie fine point/marker.