Why Are Things Shaped the Way They Are?

  • Why Are Things Shaped the Way They Are?

    David Whiten, Phyllis Whiten
    Important geometric concepts embedded in the shape and design of natural and manufactured objects. The Whitins first describe fourth graders exploring why manhole covers are circles. Then the authors offer a range of activities to demonstrate how inquiring about shape in botany, geology, biology, and industry can effectively integrate science and mathematics and foster a life-long spirit of inquiry.