Book Creator

Where does math live in the forest?

by Janice Novakowski

Pages 2 and 3 of 31

Facilitated by Lauren MacLean and Janice Novakowski

Resource co-constructed in situ with educators attending the spring institute

April 2017
Ways to use this book
-spend time with the images: what do you notice? what do you wonder?
-after looking at an image, turn to the next page to see how we were inspired mathematically
-make connections to your own local environment
-please use this book to inspire a mathematical walk outdoors or to create your own book!
Where does math live in the forest?
Where does math live in the forest?

We met at one of the entrances to Pacific Spirit Park which lies on the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Educators from Campbell River, West Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, Surrey, Langley and Chilliwack joined us.

We explored several areas, noticing and wondering, looking at place through a mathematical lens and engaging in pedagogical provocations. The following pages share questions that might inspire mathematical thinking that emerged during our time in the forest.

Along with engaging in mathematical experiences, we had rich discussions about the importance of learning outdoors and risky play and the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits supported by current research presented at the Children and Nature Conference recently held in Vancouver.
How does the position of the sun in the sky change the dimensions of shadows?
Where can you see spirals in the forest?
What is a spiral?
Where else do you see spirals?
When new spring growth in many ferns is curled tightly in a spiral, they are edible. Try these fiddle heads lightly steamed or fried in butter and garlic.