#MathArtChallenge Day 21: Agra Fort Islamic Design

Day21 MAC still
A green lattice design with clearly visible pencil marks from a compass behind them.

The Challenge : Create this design from the Agra Fort.

Materials Needed: If you have a compass, use this tutorial from Samira Mian. If you do not have a compass, you can use my instructions for making this from a regular grid below that.
Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: angles, geometric construction, lines, polygons, symmetry, tesselations, vertices/intersections

Day21 MAC grid instructions

Depending on how you use this activity, you may engage with different mathematical standards. I’ve listed possible connected math content above. Here are a few suggestions for how you might integrate the 8 mathematical practices. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

5.) Use appropriate tools strategically. This is traditionally made with a compass and straight edge, but instructions have been provided as well for completing on grid paper. Which is the preferred method for you? Why?

6.) Attend to precision. Seriously, the intersections need to match… take your time. Enjoy the process!

8.) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. If you choose to tessellate this, what structures will you rely on to make that tessellation possible? Which intersections require that you pay closest attention?

Author: Ms. P

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

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