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Fibonacci numbers are the pattern where each number is the sum of the two previous numbers. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 and on to infinity. The ratio between the numbers (1.618034) is called the golden ratio. Spirals are Fibonacci numbers.
Learn several ways to count spirals from the Museum of Mathematics.
The best way for kids to learn about spirals? Find and observe.
Adapt this handout, Nature’s Numbers from The Franklin Institute, for when you search for spirals.
Watch a video about plants and spirals.
Spirals are often found in architecture and buildings. Go on a Spiral scavenger hunt. [printable version]
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Use your artist’s journal or camera and make your own spiral book.
Swirl By Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Growing Patterns by Sarah Campbell
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka