Friday, February 5, 2016

Beautiful Multiplication Pine Cone Craft

Multiplication practice from a nature art approach. Use pine cones to make math fun.

At 1:00 pm, a young student stares out the window, oblivious to the math lesson: at 4:00 pm, that same student stares at a pine cone she found on the walk home. Her eyes follow every crevice, and as her fingers trace the rough sticky surface, as she breaths it's fresh aroma.

Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.








Engage your little naturalist and help her develop multiplication skills, algebraic skills, and over all number sense with this colorful project.  (It makes a great Christmas ornament too!)


Common Core Objective 


CC 3.OA.C.7
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division.


Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.
You may want to glue ribbons to the pine cones before starting to paint.

Materials you'll need for your multiplication project


Paint
Brushes
Pine cones (debugged)
Paint shirts and paper (recommended)

Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.

How to practice multiplication with pine cones


Tell your students to choose their base number, and paint that number of bristles. Here, I started with two.

  Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.

Next, tell them to take their base number times their multiplier to get your second number of (n2).

Here 2x2=4, so I painted four bristles.
  Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.

Now, tell them to multiply by the second number (n2) by the multiplier again to get the third number (n3). In this case, 2x 4= 8. If you're working with a large group, it might be easiest to have them go back to the original color as I did here.

Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.

Continue multiplying each result by the multiplier, and painting the new number of bristles until they reach the end of the cone.


More pine cone math fun


 Here I started with a base number (n0) of 3, multiplied by three each time. (f= 3n). I chose a new color each time.

Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.

 On this one, I began with three and multiplied by two . f=2n and n0=3.

Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time.


You can really see the effect of the starting number and the chosen multiplier. As your students work, they will have the chance to notice the pattern of the pine cone. Your little naturalist may find herself enthralled with math yet.





Other multiplication projects


 Multiplication with leaves
 Multiplication with paper snowflakes







This craft is part of the 28 days of hands-on STEM hosted by Left Brain Craft Brain.

 


Here is a fun way to work on your multiplication skills and make some beautiful nature art at the same time. T

2 comments:

I can't wait to hear what you have to say! Thanks for sharing.