#MathArtChallenge 57: Islamic Geometry – Sheikh Zayed Masjid

A 10 petal flower made with compass and straight edge.

The Challenge: I’m seeing the trees start blossoming around here (MN) so this felt like a good time for this one. I used Samira Mian‘s instructions. If you’re interested in Islamic Geometry, I cannot recommend her enough. Here is my creation, followed by her youtube video.

Materials required: Compass, straight edge, pencil.
Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: circles, geometric construction, Islamic geometry, symmetry, vertices/intersections

Day57 MAC Islamic Flower

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! 

2.) Reason abstractly and quantitatively. What is the measure of each angle created?

5.) Use appropriate tools strategically. Throughout your creation, you will need to divide a circle into 5, then 10 pieces equally. What tools do you have to accomplish that?

Author: Ms. P

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

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