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Photography and math

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From: Suzanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 30, 1998 at 17:53:37
Subject: Re: Photography and math

Rene,

A great way to use photography is in the study of symmetry. If you plan to
have student groups go out on a photo shoot you might give each group a topic.
For example, some could find symmetry in nature and others in buildings or
parts of buildings and so on.

This same idea could be used to find examples of geometric shapes. These
photographs should make a great display that the students would be proud of.

The same idea could be used in the study of fractions. There could be a theme
for each group. Find and take pictures of things that are divided in halves,
thirds, etc. Window panes often are a great source of pictures for fractions.
If you are using photos from books or magazines you could still do a similar
activity.

You could also have a math scavenger hunt where the students have to find a
photo that shows vertical symmetry or a specific shape. Really, once you get
started I bet ideas will even be generated by the class.

Hope you find a lot of "Kodak Moments."

Suzanne

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