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					                                                                                                      IDEAS FOR TEACHERS                                                                                                             Graphs
                    Hello to all Grade 4, 5 and                      On behalf of the Fields          (see 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
 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, in one of three            You’re a convex polygon because all your angles                · Show humour and emotion.
ways (See 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.

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