For our second class of the second session at Glenfeliz Elementary, we learned about the Fibonacci spiral. Fibonacci is noted for laying out a numerical sequence commonly found in nature. This pattern is especially noticeable in objects shaped like spirals, such as snail shells or the centers of flowers. I broke down the math to simple addition so that it would be relevant to even the youngest kids. I also found that the family tree of male bees follows this pattern, so we counted how many parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc, a bee has! We also drew a spiral on a grid, so that we could understand the math and see how the pattern is found in many places. Then, of course, we went on a hunt for this magical pattern in the garden. Kids counted the petals on flowers, searched for spirals and recorded their findings.
New growth is coming through just one week after planting seeds!