As part of Education Week, the grade four students have been working on a special maths task that integrates art.
Students each created a “Fractional Me” self-portrait using small coloured squares of paper.
To complete the task:
1. Students planned their “Fractional Me” by deciding what their self portrait would look like and what colours would be used.
2. They cut up squares of paper. Each square had to be the same size. We used the folding technique to ensure the squares were of equal size.
3. Students laid out their squares and glued them to black card.
4. They then calculated and recorded the fraction of each colour that was used on their self-portrait. The total number of squares used was the denominator. Each amount of colour present became the numerator.
We discussed that some students may be able to find equivalent fractions in their self-portraits. For example:
It was fantastic to see the students use their creativity in maths and the results are excellent! The self portraits are quite life like and very effective. Check out the photo slideshow below to see each of the “Fractional Me” posters.
The other classes at our school are all completing art based maths tasks this week too. They will all be displayed in our school gym on Friday. We look forward to seeing what the other creative students in our school produce!