The golden ratio of 1.618, is also known as the Fibonacci sequence and is important to scientists and naturalists alike. The Fibonacci sequence can be used to describe the number of petals on a flower, paintings, structural design, human anatomy, and more. Providing students opportunities to learn about the Fibonacci sequence through art, food, and real-life exploration makes math an enjoyable and creative experience. We invite you to try our selection of 20 fascinating activities that’ll help your learners broaden their perspectives.
1. Fibonacci Cartoon
Elementary-age children will enjoy a fantastic video presentation about the Fibonacci sequence. This animated video presents easy-to-understand examples such as flower petals to demonstrate how the golden ratio exists in everyday life.
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2. Nature Detective
Here’s a great outdoor activity to discover the Fibonacci sequence in nature. Kids can explore their backyard or nearby parks to search for magical numbers by counting petals on flowers or searching for a snail! Have fun discovering how the sequence makes an appearance in nature.
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3. Fun Fibonacci Recipe
One fruit that contains the mystery sequence and is probably in season in your garden right now is the cucumber. Kids will love discovering the sequence in cucumbers and then enjoying a delicious after-school snack.
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4. Fibonacci Sequence Lemonade
This famous sequence makes a colorful lemonade recipe! Kids can have fun with the amazing sequence by mixing a combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, food coloring, and H₂O to create beautiful layers.
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5. Painting Pinecones
This is the perfect project to learn math through art. Students learn about the Fibonacci sequence spirals in art and nature by painting spirals on a pinecone. Give students some paint and have them paint along the spirals on a pinecone.
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6. Fibonacci Coloring Pages
Let your students enjoy a colorful activity creating lovely designs while pondering the Fibonacci sequence. Colorless pattern templates can be downloaded and then colored in with paint, markers, or colored pencils.
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7. Fractal Leaf Art
This great art activity allows students to express creativity by exploring details to discover how fractals are formed and to create a colorful work of art using a leaf. Students will take a leaf and use watercolor or crayons to outline the veins of a leaf.
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8. Fibonacci Spiral Art
Beautiful art is created when students apply mathematics to art. Students will use a compass to create circles based on the Fibonacci number sequence. Create many different-sized circles on colored construction paper and then cut them out. Once the circles are cut out, students can arrange them in artistic patterns.
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9. Constructing Golden Rectangles
Take the concept of creating geometric patterns online with this cool app. Students will use coordinates on digitally created graph paper to create Golden rectangles. This activity is awesome for students who enjoy using tech tools for learning.
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10. Make Fibonacci Art
There are many amazing patterns in art. Allow students to transform the Golden rectangle into creative works of art with a math-inspired art project. Print the Golden rectangle template and see what your students create.
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11. Online Fibonacci Games
Students can test their Fibonacci skills with these online games. Solving the sequences using online games is an interactive way to engage the 21st Century learner with technology versus a piece of paper.
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12. Fibonacci Quiz
Get students to review their knowledge about the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence with interactive quizzes. Multiple choice, gap fill, and other question formats can be completed in real-time or used as supplemental study aids.
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13. Fibonacci Poetry
Students will combine creative writing and math to create awesome poems that use the Fibonacci sequence to determine the number of words or syllables contained in each line.
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14. Easier Fibonacci Puzzles
These fun math puzzles use scenarios to get students actively solving Fibonacci puzzles. Students will build houses and boats or decide how many stepping stones are needed to cross a river. These and other creative scenarios will keep students busy and thinking about Fibonacci!
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15. Fibonacci Sudoku
Explore math connections with Fibonacci Sudoku. A variety of templates are provided for students to apply problem-solving and math skills to solve these challenging puzzles. What better way for students to have fun with sequences?
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16. The Golden Body
Help your students discover the golden ratio on their bodies. Students will use a chart and ruler to enter measurements taken of their bodies. Then, they will analyze the data collected to discover the mathematical sequence.
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17. Are We Golden?
Middle school teachers will appreciate this comprehensive and hands-on lesson that focuses on finding the golden ratio in art, nature, and common objects. Students take measurements and use calculations to identify examples of the golden ratio both inside and outside the classroom.
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18. Golden Ratio Chocolate Bar
Elementary students can have a creative experience learning about the golden ratio using chocolate bars! This fun lesson explains the golden ratio in easy-to-understand terminology and students then use a chocolate bar to apply the concepts.
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19. Mona Lisa
Here’s a cool activity where students can discover the golden ratio in famous paintings by Leonardo Da Vinci. The resource presents different works of art by the artist and displays where the golden ratio is located on each artwork. Have students guess where the ratio would be before clicking the artwork.
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20. Fibonacci in Architecture
Learners will see the appearance of numbers in art, architecture, and nature. The lesson includes presentation slides, a comprehensive list of resources, and an activity to create a golden rectangle.
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