# Mosaics with Percents/Decimals/Fractions

I was searching the web for hours a couple nights ago. I was looking for a fun activity regarding percents/decimals and fractions and found an interesting read on Mosaics with Percents/Decimals/Fractions Miss Rudolph was sharing with the rest of the world how Masterpieces to Mathematics inspired her to incorporate art into her math lesson. I for one am not a huge fan of art because I can't draw to save my life, but I do have a profound sense of respect and admiration for those who can. Any who, at the time, Miss Rudolph taught 7th grade math to a group of inner city children. One of the lessons that she taught was about converting between percents, decimals, and fractions-concepts I am currently teaching. Therefore, the assignment entailed her students having to create a mosaic or a quilt where they had to develop the percent, decimal, and fraction for their design. Each student was given a 10 by 10 square that they were to color using at least 4 colors. According to Miss Rudolph, "My kids were super pumped to be coloring in a math class. Especially in my inner city placement where many of my students went home and weren't allowed to be kids." I hope my students are just as excited and love it just as much as her students did!!! I just had to share this with you guys!!!!! Enjoy...

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# Math Limerick

Question: Why is this a mathematical limerick?

( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .

A dozen, a gross, and a score,
plus three times the square root of four, divided by seven, plus five times eleven, is nine squared and not a bit more.

---Jon Saxton (math textbook author)

Presentation Suggestions:
Challenge students to invent their own math limerick!

The Math Behind the Fact:
It is fun to mix mathematics with poetry.

Resources:

Su, Francis E., et al. "Math Limerick." Math Fun Facts.

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