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1. African Fractals: Modern Computing and Indigenous Design (external link)
Abstract: Drawing on interviews with African designers, artists, and scientists, Ron Eglash investigates fractals in African architecture, traditional hairstyling, textiles, sculpture, painting, carving, metalwork, religion, games, practical craft, quantitative technologies, and symbolic systems. He also examines the political and social implications of the existence of African fractal geometry. His book makes a unique contribution to the study of mathematics, African culture, anthropology, and computer simulations.
Category: Geometry



2. Bringing the World into the Math Class (external link)
Abstract: The Multicultural Math Classroom inspires cooperation, creativity, and critical thinking. This book is filled with many quality teaching ideas that will help teachers add new multicultural dimensions to their mathematics teaching.
Category: Geometry, Symmetry, Measurement



3. Building a Community Garden and a Math Community (internal link)
Abstract: This is a geometry unit that gets students involved in community gardens to learn about the practical applications of perimeter, area, similarity, and more. Students will also develop a deeper understanding of issues including hunger and poverty.
Category: Geometry, Similarity



4. Connecting Community, Critical, and Classical Knowledge in Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice (internal link)
Abstract: In this article, Gutstein describes conceptually, and gives an example of, an aspect of teaching mathematics for Social Justice - teachers' attempts to connect three forms of knowledge: community, critical, and classical.
Category: Geometry, Data, Ratios, Rates, Percents



5. Culturally Situated Design Tools - African Fractals, Cornrows, Graffiti, Pyramids, Latin Percussion (external link)
Abstract: Nearly a dozen online software programs that help students learn standards-based mathematics as well as learn about different cultures and arts, including Latino percussion, graffiti, African-American cornrows, Navajo rug weaving, etc.
Category: Fractals, Geometry, Cartesian Graphs, Polar Graphs, Fractions, Least Common Denominators



6. Fast Food Maps (external link)
Abstract: This "Google Mash-up" website allows you to map fast food restaurants anywhere in the US
Category: Mapping, Geography, Geometry



7. Graffiti Graphing (external link)
Abstract: Several similar units that utilize an online simulation of learning about graphing, angles, rotation, and other geometric concepts through creating computerized "graffiti" letters.
Category: Geometry, Angles, Rotation, Reflection



8. Hurricane Katrina Resource Maps (external link)
Abstract: These maps were prepared for selected areas in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. They contain data on poverty, race, age, education, and other demographic categories for different counties, cities, and states that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Category: Mapping, Geometry



9. Islamic Art and Geometric Design (external link)
Abstract: From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit on Islamic art, this teaching tool helps students learn about tiling, patterns and tesselations, and contains useful diagrams and explanations for how to teach these concepts and create similar projects in your classroom.
Category: Geometry, Symmetry, Tesselations, Circles



10. Math and Art (external link)
Abstract: This 8-part unit explores the overlap between mathematics and art. Math topics include: geometry, symmetry, patterns, etc.
Category: Geometry, Symmetry, Tesselations



11. Mathematics in Art and Architecture (external link)
Abstract: This website contains information on many different forms of art and architecture that have some mathematical component to them. These include: Pyramids, the Golden Ratio, Kaleidescopes, Tesselations, Music, Tiling, and more.
Category: Geometry, Symmetry, Tesselations, Perspective



12. Mayan Mathematics and Architecture (external link)
Abstract: Developed by the Denver public schools, this unit explores tha Mayan numerical system, and both compares/contrasts it with other ancient numerical systems. Students also measure and calculate the area, volume and perimeter of Mayan temples, create 3D projects, and work with computers.
Category: Area, Volume, Perimeter, Geometry, Number Systems



13. Paper Folding & Origami (external link)
Abstract: This is one of the world's leading website's on Origami and paper folding. It also contains extensive information about the mathematical concepts behind this ancient art form. This page also contains links to other major origami site from around the world.
Category: Geometry, Symmetry



14. Social Explorer: Interactive Map Page (external link)
Abstract: This page contains an incredible mapping program. Start with a map of the U.S. Then pick a larger topic (such as race, income, foreign-born population, education) and then more specific categories (ie. % Hispanic, % Black, % White) and zoom in on a state, county, or census tract within seconds.
Category: Mapping, Rates, Geometry



15. Tessellations: Technology & Culture (external link)
Abstract: Java-enabled website that allows you create many different types of tesselations online. It also features links to other java-enabled art/math websites
Category: Tesselations, Geometry



16. With Math, It's Like You Have More Defense': Students use Math to Investigate and Affect Overcrowding at Their School (external link)
Abstract: An article from Rethinking Schools about using math to explore overcrowding in an urban school.
Category: Percent Growth, Rates, Area, Geometry




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K. Wayne Yang
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UCSD
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East Oakland Community High School