Maths

Engineering

# Maths and bees

##### Vocabulary and calculus about plane geometry through the honeycomb example.

## Task 1

Watch the video.

#### Objectives

- Find out the specific vocabulary; related to bees.
- Write a sentence in order to summarize this video, pointing out the main idea, related to maths.

#### The class organisation

Groups of 4 ( pen + sheet of paper per group)

#### Plenary

All the sentences are stuck on the board (magnets).

Which one is the best one ?

Key phrases: *comparatives, superlatives...*

## Task 2

Complete the questions

### Objectives

- How to formulate this mathematical problem? and how to check the bees solution?
- Make sure the problem is clear for all the students.

#### The class organisation

Pair work

#### Plenary

Check the answers.

Key vocabulary: *tessellation, circle, radius, polygons ( triangles, square, pentagon, hexagon) , area, perimeter, height , volume...*

## Task 3

Bees experts at packing. Calculus.

#### Objectives

- Calculus : area, perimeter, density...
- Which presentation is the clearest one? the more complete?

#### The class organisation

3 problems: 6 groups of 4 ( pen + sheet of paper per group)

#### Plenary

A reporter ( and an assistant per group) present the results to the class.

2 groups deal with the same problem. We compare the 2 presentations.

All the class has to be ready to fill in the Doc 3.

## Task 4

Conclusion : the best packing.

#### Objectives

Check the Math part: understanding, formula, calculus.../p>

#### The class organisation

Summary of the 3 possible tessellations to fill in.**Individual work in class.**

## Follow up

How to compare the quantity of wax needed for the honeycomb and the volume of the storage space ?

Volume, prism.

Volume, prism.

## Related files

Bees and maths - 0 - Lesson plan 24 KB |

Bees and maths - 1 - Video Script 72 KB |

Bees and maths - 2 - Task 2 194 KB |

Bees and maths - 3 - Task 3 237 KB |

Bees and maths - 4 - Task 4 47 KB |

Bees and maths - 5 - Follow up 93 KB |