Looping Grid Art

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Students will look for patterns as they experiment with spirals on grid paper.

Inspired from a task in the book This Is Not A Math Book.


  1. Students pick three small numbers and then draw lines with those lengths in clockwise order on grid paper. They'll experiment and look for patterns.
  2. Now they pick more than three small numbers and try again. Different numbers will generate differently shaped spirals. Encourage lots of experimenting!
  3. Using an online tool, students play with one graph, changing numbers as much as they'd like to find strange and interesting graphs.


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