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Textiles in Math

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Geometry +6 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

Use this collection of textiles as part of a geometry unit. After reviewing shapes, lines, and angles, students can focus on how the patterns repeat, flip, slide, and turn. Once students have had the chance to investigate some textiles, they can use Tinkercad to create their own design that will be come a stamp when 3D printed. The final step is for students to reflect on their design and printing by doing the following:

  • One stamped design on the page
  • Draw lines of symmetry on it
  • Label the shapes used in the design
  • Tell what kind of pattern used on felt rectangle - Dot, Stripe, Block
  • Tell is there is rotation (turn), reflection (flip), translation (slide)

Thank you to Learning Lab contributor, Christopher Sweeney, for inspiring me while designing this unit!


Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Looking 10x2

Eveleen Eaton

Loom and unfinished weaving

National Museum of the American Indian

Textile

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Zuni Blanket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Blanket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Woolen Blanket

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Textile

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Mola : Six-Pointed Star

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Huipil

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

belt, double cloth

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Belt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Textile - Cotton.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Band

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Fragment

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Tunic fragment

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Fragment

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum