Put on Your Math Goggles! Seeing Math in a Paul Klee

Third graders at All Saints’ Episcopal School recently donned their math goggles and engaged in a number and geometry exploration using the visual arts as a lens.

Students learned about the Swiss-German painter, Paul Klee (1879-1940), and used his “Marjamshausen” (1928) as a springboard to exploring a variety of mathematics.

Using pattern blocks, markers, and crayons, students created their own Klee-inspired cityscapes. Students then estimated how many shapes comprised their cityscapes and then compared that number to the actual value. Students also discovered how 2D shapes can be composed and decomposed into other shapes. Finally, the third graders experienced how shapes permeate our world; namely, in architecture.

Third grade teachers then transformed a school hallway into an art gallery, showcasing their students’ mathematical masterpieces.

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