In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.
Milky Way
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Symmetries  Classification 
translation
parallel reflection perpendicular reflection (2 distinct) rotation (2 centers) 
pmm2 
Basic Unit  
Shapes  Areas 
red squares
yellow squares small blue rectangles small right isosceles triangles large right isosceles triangles yellow rectangles large blue rectangles 
a^2
b^2 ab (1/4)(a+2b)^2 (1/2)(a+2b)^2 4c*2(a+2b) 8c*2(a+2b) 
In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.
Milky Way
(variation) click here to read the legend 
click on the design to see a larger copy 
Symmetries  Classification 
translation
parallel reflection perpendicular reflection (2 distinct) rotation (2 centers) 
pmm2 
Basic Unit  
Shapes  Areas 
red squares
yellow squares small blue rectangles small right isosceles triangles large right isosceles triangles yellow rectangles large blue rectangles 
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In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.
Everlasting Fire
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Symmetries
with respect to color 
Classification 
translation  p111 
Symmetries
without respect to color 
Classification 
translation
rotation (2 centers) 
p112 
Basic Unit
with respect to color 

Basic Unit
without respect to color 

Shapes  Areas 
parallelograms
right trapezoids rectangles 
a^2
(3/2)a^2 25a^2 
In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.
Four Crossed Logs
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Symmetries  Classification 
translation
parallel reflection perpendicular reflection (2 distinct) rotation (2 centers) 
pmm2 
Basic Unit  
Shapes  Areas 
red squares
orange squares pale yellow squares brown rectangles> pale yellow pentagons pale yellow rectangles blue rectangles tan rectangles 
In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.
Four Crossed Logs
(variation) click here to read the legend 
click on the design to see a larger copy 






In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.











In addition to incorporating a cultural element to a mathematics classroom, Seminole Patchwork designs contain much mathematics to explore. Students can use patchwork designs to identify symmetries and can then classify the design using a classification scheme (we haved identified the patterns using the system first developed by crystallographers, see Schattschneider (1978)). Determining the most basic unit necessary to generate the design is a excellent analytical activity. The shapes found in the designs can be precisely identified and, as an algebraic or computational exercise, the areas of each shape can be determined. Describing the areas algebraically is quite a challenge if students are instructed to use the fewest possible number of variables.










