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Math and Poetry ala Rabbits

Want an unusual way to start your math classes this fall? First, tell your students the story of Fibonacci and how his sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, et.) fits with multiplying rabbit populations.

Then, a big shift...ask your students to write some Fibonacci Poetry. That is, "fibs" are the latest "fad." Basically, a "fib" is a six-line poems that uses the number sequence 1-1-2-3-5-8 to dictate the number of syllables in each line. The "fad" was started by Greg Pincus in an April 2006 GottaBook blog. The idea of "Fibs" has taken off since then.

Starting with the first "Fib" ever written by Greg, some sampels by Greg and others are:

One
Small,
Precise,
Poetic,
Spiraling mixture:
Math plus poetry yields the Fib.

Should
All
Comments
Be written
In the form of Fibs?
Enquiring minds would like to know.

Oh
Cool
How neat!
I have to
teach this to my kids
Who are not poets yet but like math!

Math,
Makes,
My head,
Quake with pain.
Writing a poem based
On Fibonacci, does the same.

Pi.
Pie.
The same?
Different?
One is infinite,
The other is pastry covered.

And some people are Fib-challenged and never got the hang of it:

Fibs Are Easy as Pi
Pi Day came;
i
took a deep breath
and
a circle i squared
then put a few remaining digits
aside
for my evening repast

So...Ask your students to write mathematics-related "Fibs"...and send the best ones to me....I will be willing to post some some of the student entries on this web site as well....Get to it...be creative!