First Name Math and Art Project

It is official. The 21-22 school year is in the books. It was a year like no other as teachers navigated remote, hybrid and in-person learning throughout the school year. One of the last projects of the year involved a first name coordinate grid task. During the last week of school my class explored coordinate grids and plotting points. Students found the midpoints of lines and solved problems involving scale models on coordinate grids. I thought this task might be a way to help reinforce coordinate points and quadrants. In addition, it was great to have students encounter math in a unique way. Kudos goes to Cathy for sharing the deck which helps guide students through a learning process of graphing points on a grid.

The instructions were key for students as they built confidence before starting the final project. Some students decided to use scratch paper and create their name there first as a draft. Other students dove right in and started the creation process. Students were given about 30 minutes to work on the project and they were asked to submit it to Canvas once finished. About half of the class finished within that time. During the next class the projects were shared and students explained how they made the different shapes and borders using tables.

I was impressed with the time many of the students put in to make this project a reality. During the last day of school I handed each student their printed out copy of the project. I am hoping they brought it home and it is something that brings back a positive math experience memory. Looking forward, I am planning on doing this math and art combination activity next school year.

Author: Matt Coaty

I've taught elementary students for the past 14 years. I enjoy reading educational research and learning from my PLN. Words on this blog are my own.

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