Monday, September 10, 2012

A Lesson from the Ships of the Sea Museum about GCF

Who would have thought we would have so many "budding" landscape architects among us!?!  Today we used the geometric pattern found in the just opened Ships of the Sea Museum garden as inspiration to draw our own mathematical arrays.

The North Garden at the Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah.  Notice how the trees create an array formation.

By creating squares and rectangles using a certain number of "trees" we were able to find the factors of different numbers.  We compared these factors to identify greatest common factors between two or more numbers.

A student models how 18 trees can be organized into a number of arrays.  

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