IDEAS FOR TEACHERS Graphs Hello to all Grade 4, 5 and On behalf of the Fields (see www.MathFest.ca for more ideas and sample performances!) 6 students in Canada! Institute, it is a pleasure to Graphs are flowers, always growing Welcome to the wonderful invite you to participate in How to Write and Perform a Math Poem Different shapes, various types Graphs are a bird soaring, Math Performance Festival the Math Performance Write a math poem ascending and descending Graphs are a friendship, Contest. We sent this Festival. having up and down points poster to you and to every · Pick a math topic (like probability, division, measurement, fractions, or algebra). Graphs are human life, starting low, ending high single elementary school in Canada from St. This Festival is a unique, interdisciplinary · Make a list of words and ideas that relate to your topic. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British celebration of mathematics through the lens Graphs are like a radio, both can bring bad news Columbia to Grise Fjord in Nunavut. We want of performance. Both educators and · Write metaphors and similes about your topic using your list of words or ideas. Metaphors and Graphs are like a telephone, all of you, wherever you live, whatever professional mathematicians know that similes link two things that are not usually connected but do share some common elements. both communicate languages you speak, to enter the coolest mathematics is a hands-on discipline that is Graphs are like a stop watch, can record time contest in Canada. best learned through active effort. The · Explain your metaphors and similes (see the poem on the right). Graphs are like a camera, "Performance Festival" will harness the both show actions Professor George Gadanidis and his creative energy of elementary school · Write a poem using your metaphors and similes and their explanations. Graphs are like a library, colleagues came up with this project to give students, and will encourage them to focus both help you learn Perform your Poem Graphs are as well done as a famous painting you a chance to show the rest of Canada their natural desire to play with modern Graphs are as interesting as a mystery (and the world!) how exciting Math can be technology on an exploration of "how can · Illustrate the poem with your own artwork. Graphs are as accurate as a road map Graphs are as simple as addition when you use your wonderful, creative you say mathematics with that". · Create a dramatic reading of your poem. minds to create Math performances. They Graphs are as educational as researching have had a lot fun seeing Math through Graphs are extraordinary! I share with you the excitement of looking at · Use Story Telling software, like Photo Story, Movie Maker, iMovie or iPhoto, to create a multimedia songs, poems, dance, drama and art. They mathematics in this way. Both mathematics performance of your poem. Jenn Weeks want you to do that too. So, get thinking and the performing arts are exemplifications about Math, then drum, dance, rhyme, or of human curiosity and desire to understand · Create a song based on the poem. sing your ideas to us. our world. To look at mathematics through performance is to see a creative, passionate I know you will send all sorts of very special and aesthetic side of mathematics. How to Interview a Math Concept Math performances and I can’t wait to see what you and your imagination can do. I look forward to the Festival and to seeing the mathematical performances that will be Good luck in the contest and don’t forget to produced by students and teachers from A Real Square Prepare for the Interview have fun! across Canada. Our tireless math reporter has visited Flatland to interview the square. · Pick a math concept (like the number , the fraction ¼, the Venn diagram, the triangle, or the hexagon) Julia O’Sullivan Yours sincerely, Does it bother you that everyone thinks you’re a square? · Make a knowledge web for your topic. Not at all. A square is what I am. · Use a large, blank sheet of paper · Write your concept in the centre If that’s the case, then why have · All around your concept, write all the things you know and can find out about it (use your you been telling everyone that you’re a rectangle? textbook; use Google; ask your peers) Because I am a rectangle. · Then write as many other things that your concept connects to (for example, the hexagon is Dean and Professor Barbara Lee Keyfitz found in beehives and in floor tiles; where else?) How can that be? You just told me The Faculty of Education Director, Fields Institute you’re a square. · Make a list of interview questions and possible answers, using the ideas from your knowledge The University of Western Ontario A rectangle is a quadrilateral with four right web. Good interviews offer some controversy and surprise. For example, here's a possible Q&A for angles. I’m a quadrilateral with four right angles. the hexagon: Hexagon, is it true that you are a honey thief? Hmm. I see what you mean. Of course not. Where did you get such a crazy idea? Most people think I’m a square, which is true, of course. But I’m also much more than that. Tell us the truth, Hexagon. Why have you been spending so much time in beehives? How to Participate in the Math Performance Festival Can you explain? Write your Interview You see, I belong to many different sets of shapes. The Math Performance Festival is a Canada-wide forum for sharing and celebrating the The biggest set I belong to is the set of polygons. A · Sequence your questions in an order that tells a good story. mathematical performances of grades 4-6 students and teachers. polygon is a closed shape with straight sides. I also belong to the set of convex polygons and to the set · Refine your Q&A. of regular polygons. · Be concise in your questions and answers. · Use expressive language. Please submit performances through our Festival Portal, at www.MathFest.ca, in one of three You’re a convex polygon because all your angles · Show humour and emotion. ways (See www.MathFest.ca for more details): are less than 180. And you’re a regular polygon because you have · Test your interview with a friend. equal sides and equal angles. · Act it out. Now you’re catching on. · Using a webcam, record live performances directly into our Portal. · Reverse roles and try it again. · Submit video or picture files. And you’re a parallelogram, · What works well? What needs improvement? · Publish performances to your school website, and submit the url. which is a quadrilateral with opposite sides parallel. Perform your Interview That’s true. · Create a dramatic reading of your interview. · Record a radio show performance. All submissions are screened by the Festival Committee before they are publicly available And you’re a rhombus, which is a · Write your interview as a comic strip, with appropriate pictures/expressions for different parts of the through the Festival Portal. parallelogram with all sides equal. interview. I am all these things. But my friends call · Use Story Telling software, like Photo Story, Movie Maker, iMovie or iPhoto, to create a multimedia The Math Performance Festival is a project led by George Gadanidis (UWO), Susan Gerofsky me square. performance of your interview. (UBC) and Rick Jardine (UWO). Thank you, square, for telling us about yourself. My pleasure.