Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Wild Fibonacci

Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed
Written by Joy N. Hulme
Illustrated by Carol Schwartz
August 2005, Tricycle Press
32 pages

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89

Do you see a pattern in these numbers?

Each number is the sum of the two numbers previous to it. They're called Fibonacci numbers and the neat thing is that they're found all through nature, in both animals and plants.

Wild Fibonacci: Nature's Secret Code Revealed introduces these numbers to preschoolers in a very simple way.

I love a picture book that teaches me, as the parent, something even though the book with written for little children. If you read the introduction of this picture book, you'll learn a little something about the Fibonacci sequence discovered in 1202, a very interesting topic. Then you can take that knowledge and share with your child as you read the story to him or her.

Some other books on the Fibonacci Sequence (check your library for these or search on keyword: Fibonacci, to find other titles):
Fascinating Fibonaccis: Mystery and Magic in Numbers by Trudi Hammel Garland (Dale Seymour Publ.) for middle school.
Fibonacci Fun: Fascinating Activities With Intriguing Numbers by Trudi Hammel Garland (Dale Seymour Publ.) reproducible activities for upper grade school and middle school.

Some weblinks on Fibonacci numbers:
Plant Spirals
Explanation of Fibonacci Numbers
Explanation of the Golden Section

Hat tip to Field Learning.

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