## 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!