Guest blogger Erin Bittman from E is for Explore is doing a cross-curricular series on art and math. Come back every Tuesday to see a new post and to find out how you can take mathematical learning to the next level.
Teach your students to make art and learn multiplication using paint chips!
- paint chips
- black paper
Provide students with a variety of paint chips. Students cut off the colors they want from different strips. Then, they create art! They can trim their chips down, leave them rectangular, anything they’d like! After they have created their art, have them write the multiplication equation for each array they made.
Erin Bittman is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati, earning a degree in Early Childhood Education (grades K-3). She originally graduated with a fashion design degree and worked in the design industry for five years. Her teaching philosophy revolves around constructivism and problem-based learning. Her goal is to inspire teachers to ditch the books! Creative alternatives can be implemented in lessons that prepare students for standardized testing. Learning should be fun!