Maths
Engineering
Maths and bees
Author
Chantal Reboux; Charles Baudelaire
Target Group
Students
Brief Description
Vocabulary and calculus about plane geometry through the honeycomb example.

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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.

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
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