Tangled Up In String: The Prime Radicals (Season 2)
Catalogue Number: GAP059
Producer: GAPC Productions
Grade Level: PreK - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2013
Running Time: 15:00
Oops – he’s on his way out the door and Uncle Norm finds a tear in his coat! Using tape (riiip!) to repair the tear won’t work, so he burrows into a “Stuff ‘n Such” junkpile, where he finds a sewing kit, but no thread! Rush, rush, he digs deeper and sees a piece of string art, made from lots of thread! Just as Uncle Norm is about to pull the artwork apart for his repair, Alanna and Kevin appear… in time to stop him from destroying an example of this colourful, and mathematical art form. String art patterns are made with straight lines, but the finished product can give the illusion of curves. Uncle Norm and the Rads learn how to make their own rad-tastic stringart!
The Gist: This episode is about geometric string art designs. Once a geometric design has been created, the points at which line segments meet can be given anumeric value. In the primary division, students use basic multiplication facts to create their geometric design. In addition, students must follow the directions (problem solving and pattern and sequence recognition) in order to successfully complete the project. In the curriculum, children are introduced to skip counting in grade one and by grade 3, they are introduced to multiplication math facts, and the definitions of factors and multiples.
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