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 rhombtangleA rhombus and rectangleAlso known as square |
Surface areaA polyhedra’s paint jobAn unfolded thing |

Two, the same as twoA number equals itselfReflexivity |
No definitionFor a point, a line, a planeAt the base of math |

As some things, unknownThe things we can’t do aloneMathematics lasts |
Geometry’s weirdSome things just seem to work outSo we find out why |

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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!