Download the DreamBox Math Activity Calendar for November
Have your Thanksgiving turkey with a side of Fibonacci
Fibonacci sounds like something you could get at an Italian restaurant with a nice marinara sauce. It’s not. (Note to self: never write blog posts on an empty stomach.)
Leonardo Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician born in 1170. The author of “Liber abaci,” the first European work on Indian and Arabian mathematics, Fibonacci is probably best known for identifying a number sequence that was later named for him. The Fibonacci sequence is a series in which each number equals the sum of the two numbers before it. What’s it got to do with turkey? Glad you asked.
This year, Thanksgiving (AKA: “Turkey day”) falls on November 23rd—and 11/23 forms a small but perfect Fibonacci sequence (1+1=2, 1+2=3). It also proves that math is everywhere, you just have to know where to look. Download your DreamBox Math Activity Calendar for more tips on how to find math in unexpected places—including a plate of nachos, and even your refrigerator. That’s not just my stomach talking. Eating nachos and cleaning out the icebox are two math activities in this month’s calendar. I love math.
Teachers: send this calendar home with your students to help cultivate a math mindset outside of school. Parents: use the calendar to incorporate fun family math activities into your daily routine. November is a short month, but it’s packed with plenty of opportunities to count your blessings, multiply your giving, calculate your savings, and much more. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to toast our friend Fibonacci on 11/23!
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