Commack Road Third Graders Take on “Tape-estry” Challenge

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As part of a distance learning unit on geometry, Commack Road third graders took on a “Tape-estry” Challenge. Each student was asked to create a design with tape and sidewalk chalk, using geometric shapes such as triangles, squares, rectangles, diamonds and rhombuses, then explain the design with any combination of mathematical systems including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions. Students with limited concrete canvas space could use anything they could find around the house to meet the challenge, such as paper, rulers, crayons and paint.

“The response to the challenge was overwhelming, as students took to their driveways, their porches, and garages to create extraordinary geo-art,” said teacher Brian Smith.

The initial inspiration for the activity came from student Keleigh Franz, who had sent in driveway chalk art she created with her siblings, guided by their mother in an effort to keep them intellectually stimulated while providing a fun outdoor activity to work on as a family.