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Is It Just a Matter of Scale? Powers of Ten
In this activity, students identify spirals and other shapes present in nature and discuss at what sizes or scales these shapes exist. Examples include a hurricane, foraminifera, nautilus, and a galaxy. They will discuss the differences and similarities of each of these spirals and investigate the powers of ten that identify the scales at which these different examples exist.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Philip M. Childs.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-056
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Philip M Childs
Union Endicott Central School District

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation