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Numbers in Nature


Numbers in Nature

Does the intersection of math, art, and nature sound right up your child’s alley? Then Numbers in Nature; Playing with the Fibonacci Sequence will help him or her learn how these three different fields are more related than we think. This mini-course takes one of the most fascinating mathematical topics, the Fibonacci sequence, and the related Golden Ratio, and shows kids how math can be used to see patterns in all kinds of natural settings, such as leaf arrangement, snail shells, and hurricanes. It also teaches kids basic mathematical concepts such as sequences and sets. This is a great course for anyone who would like to show the power of mathematics in allowing us to understand the world around us.

Mini-course is provided as a 28-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges.

Course Contents

  • Story: Fibonacci and the Beanstalk. Climb along with Fibonacci up his beanstalk and see how a mathematical sequence can help us understand patterns in nature.
  • Activity 1: Flower Power. Use Fibonacci’s famous sequence and the Golden Angle to draw your own flowers and make your own Fibonacci Flower Book. Next, use the included field journal to find Fibonacci flowers in your neighborhood.
  • Activity 2: The Golden Spiral. Visualize the relationship between numbers and shapes by drawing your own golden spirals. Do these remind you of anything in nature?
  • Activity 3: Purely Numbers Game. Use the Fibonacci sequence to make mathematical sets–and create new numbers. Who will be the first find all the sets they need?
  • Activity 4: Walk for Fibonacci. How well do you know the Fibonacci sequence? Find out as you try to reach the finish line in this movement-based activity.
  • Curiosity Connector. Check out these fun videos and books that look at the intersection of math, art, and naure.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. See if you can answer all the questions about math and patterns in nature to earn tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary. Learn the mathematical terms for describing the Fibonacci sequence and the scientific terms for where it is observed in nature.

Materials Needed

Colored pencils, eraser, pencil, scissors, mathematical compass (optional), two dice, blank paper, tape or glue.

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Charlie Alolkoy.


Numbers in Nature

Cristine Boles

About Cristine Boles

Cristine is a music and math teacher who enjoys creating valuable, memorable experiences for her students. She grew up in Montana where she earned her Bachelor's in Music Education and BA in Math Education. Cristine's experience includes writing curriculum, teaching middle school math, high school Algebra and Geometry, in addition to teaching piano, band, and choir. She enjoys rock climbing and hiking, playing piano, and finding new ways to connect people to the math and music that can be found in their everyday lives.

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