In Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci Fibonacci is ridiculed for daydreaming as a child, but then grows up and becomes a merchant. In his travels he learns about Arabic numerals, counts everything and poses several mathematical questions. Both Fibonacci's Rabbit Question and number pattern are clearly explained during the context of the story.
Lucinda at Navigating by Joy recommended this book and I'm so glad she did. This is the type of book that inspires a variety of activities. We used it to inspire us to create Fibonacci Spirals. It would have gone well with our Roman Numeral Unit when we played Roman Numeral Bingo. Pisa, the Leaning Tower, nature study, ancient travel and boats, and trading could all be covered with this book.
Fibonacci's pattern 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on is created by adding the previous two numbers in the sequence together to get the next number. The Fibonacci numbers are abundant in nature and can be used to create beautiful spirals.
Red Square - 1x1
Orange Square - 1x1
Yellow Square - 2x2
Green Square - 3x3
Light Blue Square - 5x5
Dark Blue Square - 8x8
Next we worked on the Rabbit Problem.
If one pair of baby rabbits takes one month to become a pair of adults, and adult rabbits have one pair of baby rabbits per month, how many pairs of rabbits will there be at the end of one year?
233 Pairs of Rabbits! No wonder there were so many bunnies running around in Colorado where we used to live. To see more of our Math Activities please visit our Math Page.
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