Painter’s Pyramid & Turntable

Today I spent time with two groups of teachers in Sherwood Park. One of the things I did today was introduce them to the #anyqs and #WCYDWT hashtags on Twitter and described how they work. They were excited about the possibilities and want to spend time searching for visuals that can be used in math class. Tonight as I reflected on the great day I had with these teachers, I began looking through the Lee Valley on-line catalogue. I found some neat woodworking accessories that I thought might lend themselves to mathematical explorations.

First, I found the Painter’s Pyramids which look like this:

This is how you use them:

Is there anything you are curious about? Do you have any questions?

Here are some of the details about this product:

Then I found another tool that uses these pyramids as well. It is called the Painter’s Turntable and here are two views of this accessory:

Here’s how it works:

I think there are more mathematical questions we could ask about this turntable. Do you find this gadget more mathematical or interesting?

Here are the details about this item:

In our Alberta junior high math curriculum students work with nets, composite figures and study circles. Instead of using textbook questions I think these photos could be used as another way to explore concepts in the Shape and Space strand.

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About ccampbel14

I am a junior high math teacher at an Edmonton K-9 school. I am always looking for innovative and creative ways to teach mathematics so that I can reach every learner so they can be as successful as they possibly can be.
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