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Topic: Middle school - Beehive
Replies: 6   Last Post: Dec 7, 1993 9:56 AM

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Joanna Yantosh

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Registered: 12/3/04
Middle school - Beehive
Posted: Dec 2, 1993 3:37 AM
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Two weeks ago, I found the remains of a beehive in my backyard. Much of it
had already blown away. My family and I were intrigued by this piece that
remained. It consisted of many, many hexagonal cavities. Each haxagon was
perfectly formed. I put it in a large plastic baggie. Labeled it Math In
Nature and brought it to school. Many of my 4th, 5th,and 6th grade
students recognized it as a piece of a beehive, but none had ever taken the
time to really look at it.
We began to talk about tessellations and math in nature. Each child has
been asked to bring in one picture or idea that represents some form of
math found in nature. We plan to use these findings for our side bulletin
board. We are also planning to use pattern blocks to create our own
tessellations.

Joanna Yantosh






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