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Maranao Crafts and Mathematics

Maranao Crafts and Mathematics


Maranao Crafts and Mathematics

Unit Summary

This Unit investigates transformations of the graph of linear, quadratic and exponential functions. It serves as an enrichment activity for students where they learn to appreciate local crafts in Lanao del Norte such as the Malong and at the same time learn about transformation concepts.

In the course of the unit, students used graphing calculators and made generalizations on the effects of parameter changes in the equation of the function to its graph. Working collaboratively in groups, students conducted information searches about famous Muslim mathematicians and their contributions to mathematics. Each group was also asked to choose a Maranao textile and analyzed the transformation concepts used in its design. As students did this, they learned to relate geometric concepts of transformation to transformations of graphs in algebra as well as relate the study of mathematics to crafts. The students also developed a variation of the design of the Maranao craft they had chosen. Students presented their work through a multimedia presentation. They also wrote journals on their learning experiences in relating mathematics to the real world. As a culminating activity, students take on the role as textile designers, where they created designs applying the transformation concepts they learned and promoted their own designs in a brochure.  The students’ reports in multimedia presentations and their promotional materials in brochures, were evaluated using rubrics.

Curriculum-Framing Questions

  • Essential Question
    Is everything related to everything else? 
  • Unit Questions
    How are designs created?
    How does mathematics relate to craft?
  • Content Questions
    What is a function?
    How do we graph functions?
    What is the domain and range of the graphs?
    What are the contributions of Muslim mathematicians?
    What are the types of geometric transformation?
    What are the geometric transformations found in a Maranao textiles?

Instructional Procedures

Opening Activity:
To introduce the unit, ask the class following question, “Is everything connected to everything else?”.

Orient them on what the unit will cover and what are expected from them as proof of their learnings.

Show a Malong to class and ask the following questions:

  • What designs can you see in this malong?
  • Can you find any mathematical concept in this design?
  • How was this design created?
  • Are these designs somehow connected to the culture of the people making these designs?

As you ask them these questions, make sure that students’ answers to these questions will be processed. Inform them also that the activities they will go through in this unit will help them answer these questions.

Day 1-3. Discussion on Functions and Their Graphs
Students will be given activity sheets and graphing papers in doing an activity on understanding graphs of functions. The activity also covers a discussion of the domain and range of functions using graphical representations.

To validate students answers, a discussion on graphing functions follows, where students will be guided in answering the following questions:

  • What is a function?
  • How do we graph functions?
  • What is the domain and range of a function?
  • How do we identify domain and range from the graph of the function?

Day 4-5. Research on a Famous Muslim Mathematician
The students worked in groups of five. Each group researched on famous Muslim mathematicians and their contributions to mathematics.

Expected Outputs: (a) Accomplished Activity sheets and (b) biography of the famous Muslim Mathematician and (c) summary of his/her contributions to Mathematics.

Day 6-10. Exploring Graphs of Functions Using a Graphing Calculator. (Connecting Mathematics Skills to Muslim Textiles)

Students will do the activity on horizontal and vertical translation(doc). In this activity students will make a generalization on the translation of y = x that gives the graph y = x ± k, if k is a positive real number. They will then make generalizations on the translation of y = x2  that gives the graph y = x2 ± k.

In addition, students also write their description on the translation of figures they will find in the various Batik patterns from Mindanao. Each group will choose a Maranao textile and investigate the mathematical concepts used in the design.

In this activity students reflect back on the answers to the questions, How are designs created? How does mathematics relate to craft? and also the content questions What are the geometric transformations found in a Maranao textile?

Expected Outputs: (a) Accomplished Activity Sheets and (b) Initial Results of their investigation of transformation concepts found in a design

Day 11-12. More Activities on Exploring Graphs of Functions Using Graphics Calculator.(Connecting Mathematics Skills to Muslim Textiles)
Students will do activity on exploring exponential function(doc), logarithmic function and its inverse(doc) using graphics calculator. In this two activities students will make conjectures on the effect of  ‘P’, ‘a’, and ‘k’ on the graph y = Pakx, and the effect of 'a' on the graph y = logax. The concept of reflection was used on solving the inverse of a function.

During these days, each group will create their own designs. To do this, the students will further research on the concepts of transformation and consult an art teacher in making their suggested designs.

With their initial investigation on the mathematics concepts found in their chosen Maranao textile, the student will write journals(doc) on How does mathematics relate to craft?

Expect Output: Journal on How does mathematics relate to craft?

Day 13- 15. Creating Multimedia Presentation and Brochure.
Students will present their storyboard before they can use the computer laboratory. Their multimedia presentations(ppt) must have the following content.

  1. Life of their chosen Muslim Mathematician and his/her contributions to Mathematics.
  2. Analysis of the transformation concepts found in the chosen Maranao Craft.

Their brochure on the other hand must showcase the design they created applying the transformation concepts they learned. The figure they need to transform may note necessarily be functions. Creating designs by transforming graphs can be an activity for advanced students.

Expected Outputs: Multimedia presentation and brochure.

Prerequisite Skills

The students must have prior knowledge on:

  • classifying angles and polygons.
  • finding relationship among angles, sides and diagonals of parallelogram.
  • locating points on a coordinate plane.
  • graphing functions using graphing paper.

Technology-related Skills:
Students must know how to

  • use a graphing calculator;
  • use an encyclopedia on CD ROM or surf for information using the Internet;
  • scan, edit, and save images;
  • use presentation or publication software in coming up with a multimedia presentation or website; and
  • use a word processing application.

Differentiated Instruction

Resource Student

  • Resource students can focus more on identifying transformation concepts in Maranao crafts. As soon as they master to do this, they can then be allowed to develop their own designs using transformation concepts.

Gifted Student

  • The students can investigate further on the use of arithmetic sequence, fibonacci and geometric sequence on arts. Students can explore functions and make designs by transforming graphs of functions.

Student Assessment

To evaluate technology-based outputs of students, the teacher will use the following rubrics:

Key Word Search

  • Functions
  • Inverse function
  • Translation
  • Reflection

Maranao Crafts and Mathematics

At a Glance

Grade Level: 10 (4th year high school)
Subject: Mathematics
Time Needed: 3 Weeks