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Lesson Plan

Geometry: Helix-a-Graph
Subject: Math
Grade span: 9 to 12
Duration: One hour
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Math Centers


This sample lesson, rooted in geometric art, provides students opportunities to explore number patterns and basic geometry concepts. Students engage in a fun, creative mathematics activity, enhanced by a classroom configured into centers. Students work together, compare drawings, and discuss their findings. As a result, they develop and refine their processing, communication, and exploratory skills - real-life skills that mathematicians use routinely. Students employ their creative skills in an activity that is structured, but also requires investigation based on student interest and curiosity.

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