Numbers in nature

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.

 

 

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New growth is coming through just one week after planting seeds!

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Anne

Anne came to Los Angeles from southeast Ohio. She has always been passionate about healthy food and held a great admiration for the natural world. She loves sharing all the joy and wonder of an edible garden with children.