CREATE MATH ART WITH DESMOS
Create math art and reinforce graphing skills at the same time using the free online graphing calculator, Desmos, in this hands-on session for anyone who teaches math. You’ll create a piece of art using lines, curves, or any equations you teach in your classroom. Make a list of equations with domain and range and exchange with a partner to assess graphing skills. You can modify this activity in multiple ways to give your students a creative and fun way to communicate their graphing skills. If there’s time, you can use the Screencastify extension to record your thinking. You can participate in this session with a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad with the Desmos app installed.
AGENDA AND RESOURCES
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STEP 1 – DRAW IT WITH DESMOS
- Look at the examples here or this one from the movie UP to see the format of the equations.
- Create your own piece of math art at desmos.com that includes at least four lines or curves. (You can modify this requirement based on your curriculum and what equations students are studying.)
- BONUS POINT! – Use something you learned from the examples to enhance your drawing. (Shading, sliders, etc.)
- Insert an image of your Desmos math art in your document. (You can take a screenshot OR export the image using the share icon at the top right.)
STEP 2 – WRITE IT WITH EQUATIONS
- Include the equations for your math art in your document.
- Screen shot the equations from Desmos OR
- Retype the equations in a table with domain and range using the EquatIO Chrome extension.
STEP 3 – GRAPH IT ON PAPER
- Send your list of equations to a partner who hasn’t seen your picture yet. (Do not include your graph!)
- Using the list of equations you are given, graph them on graph paper. You may NOT look at the original picture while you are working.
- Compare the drawing with your partner’s original. Discuss and resolve any discrepancies with the artist.
- Take a photo of your partner’s drawing of YOUR art and insert it in your document.
STEP 4 – REFLECT
Where might an activity such as this fit in your curriculum with your students?
This activity can modified in a lot of different ways. What are some ideas of ways you could change it to serve a different purpose? (For example, students could start on paper and create something with equations and then move to Desmos to test their thinking.)