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Express Yourself! Math Expressions

Marzo 2, 2020
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Express Yourself! Math Expressions Art Integration Lesson - Sun Valley Museum of Art

Students explore how to decompose and recompose equations and how equivalent expressions can be expressed differently.

This graphic design project uses symbols to create various expressions of the same equation on each side of a cube. Symbols represent numerical values, giving students a key from which to base their designs and equations.


Objectives:

  • Students will learn to plan compositions
  • Students will develop patterns using symbols
  • Students will consider movement, balance, and color in their sculptures
  • Students use equivalent expressions to design different patterns on each side of their sculpture
  • Students will increase their understanding of equations through the development and creation of their art

Basic Lesson Outline:

  • Introduce the project
  • Introduce symbols and demonstrate recording, planning, and forming equivalents
  • Students plan and design each side of their sculpture
  • Students begin cutting and structuring their sculptures
  • On the final workday for sculptures, students begin their written reflection
  • Students present their sculpture as a part of a class gallery

Art Supplies:

  • Construction paper
  • Shape templates for 3D structures
  • Templates for symbols
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Envelopes

Other Resources:

  • Example of designed sculpture
  • Slide show to introduce project and related artwork (see outline at the end of the lesson plan)

Express Yourself! Math Expressions Art Integration Lesson at Sun Valley Museum of Art


Idaho State Learning Standards

Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 4: Convey meaning through the presentation/performance/production of an original work or unique interpretation of a work.

  • Objective PR1.1 Combine knowledge and understanding from two or more disciplines to present/perform their original or interpreted works for an audience
  • Objective PR1.2 Convey meaning through their presentation/performance

Math 6.EE. Apply and extend previous under standings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions

  1. Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents
  2. Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + x) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3x; apply the distributive property to the expression 24x + 18y to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4x + 3y); apply properties of operations to y + y + y to produce the equivalent expression 3y
  3. Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions y + y + y and 3y are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number y stands for

Academic Language:

  • Subject area language: expressions, equivalent
  • Art language: sculpture, movement, balance, pattern, symmetry, color, shape, form

Student Use of Vocabulary:

Students will use the words when creating, writing about, and discussing their projects


Student Grouping:

Students will work independently



Funding for this lesson plan was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-10-19-0563-19].
Additional funding provided by Wendy and Alan Pesky.

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Resuelva este simple problema matemático y escriba la solución; por ejemplo: Para 1+3, escriba 4.