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Playground Patterns of Cracks


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Playground Patterns of Cracks

In this math activity, learners observe and sketch cracking patterns in pavement. Learners use a protractor to measure and label the angles of their sketches and conclude if some angles are more common than others.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)


Subjects


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Polygons
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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