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REAL LIFE REAL WORLD Activity: Archeologist Frieze Patterns

Activity Overview

Archeologists, when classifying artifacts, often take note of the physical properties or attributes of artifacts, such as the materials from which the artifacts are made, and their size, shape, function, and decoration. Friezes are often seen as ornaments in architecture. Frieze patterns can be found around the eaves of some old buildings. Translations can be used to create these patterns. In this activity, you will use Cabri Jr.™ software to create some frieze patterns.

Before the Activity

Students should have access to either the TI-83 or TI-84 family of calculators as well as a copy of the attached document.

During the Activity

The TI-Navigator Screen Capture Tool may be used to monitor the different patterns the students create.

After the Activity

Review student answers:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary