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Math Haiku — Geometry Class, 2016

I personally enjoy writing, and as a math teacher I love getting my students writing about math.

One of my favorite writing assignments for students is math-themed haiku.  The rigid constraints of haiku make it an easy exercise, it allows students to access and interact with mathematical ideas in a different and creative way, and the elegance and efficiency of the form evoke the character of mathematics itself.

Here are some selections from this year’s Geometry class.  Enjoy!

A rhombtangle
A rhombus and rectangle
Also known as square
Surface area
A polyhedra’s paint job
An unfolded thing
Two, the same as two
A number equals itself
Reflexivity
No definition
For a point, a line, a plane
At the base of math
As some things, unknown
The things we can’t do alone
Mathematics lasts
Geometry’s weird
Some things just seem to work out
So we find out why

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One Comment

  1. Stefanie Brimacomb says:

    Love it! Looks like your students are on to writing about math.

    On Pi day, I had my students do a “Pi-ku” with three lines:
    First line 3 words
    Second line 1 word
    Third line 4 words

    We had a lot of fun, and students put a lot of effort into it!

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