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Fibonacci Spiral

Fibonacci

Summary:
The Fibonacci sequence is a natural phenomenon, which makes interesting connections between mathematics, science and art! The first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are either 1 and 1, or 0 and 1, depending on the chosen starting point of the sequence, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. The spiral that is created by the Fibonacci sequence is found in nature, for example as seen in the unfurling of ferns.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/fibonacci-sequence.html
http://www.ehow.com/video_5226071_draw-fibonacci-spiral.html

What's Needed:

  • Construction Paper
  • Westcott Self-Healing Cutting Mat 
#15352
  • Westcott Designer Compass Set #DCS-10
  • Westcott 18” Stainless Steel Ruler #10417
  • The World’s Favorite Scissors™
    • Westcott 7" Fun and Fashionable Student Scissors #16401

Helpful Resources:

  • Scissor Caddies
  • Teachers Scissors
  • Kids Scissor Packs

 

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Steps:

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1) Use the Westcott 18” Stainless Steel Ruler and the mechanical pencil included in the Westcott Designer Compass Set to mark out squares as shown.

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2) Begin with the smallest squares first which are each 1” x 1”. Then mark out the 2” x 2” square. Then draw the 3” x 3” square and so on. Depending on the size of your paper, you can continue the sequence until you run out of room.

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3) Once you are done drawing your squares, trim away any excess paper with the Westcott 7" Fun and Fashionable Student Scissors.

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4) Next use the compass provided in the Westcott Designer Compass Set to draw quarter round curves that connect the squares as show, For instance you will set the compass to 1” for the 1” square and so on until you have completed your spiral. Once finished, discuss the beauty and wonder of this amazing phenomenon and where you’ve seen it before in art, design and nature!

Adult supervision is recommended when children use scissors.
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