The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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In this activity learners create patterns of hair beads. Simone and Brianna like different mixes of beads in their braids, so learners must figure out how to distribute 40 beads to satisfy both characters. Images of the two girls are provided in the PDF. Either 20 each of two types of real beads can be used, or the learner can cut out paper beads (20 round and 20 heart-shaped), though the pattern is missing from the PDF. Included questions help learners explore ratio through addition, multiplication, and division. Learners can color the pictures and beads, and make braids with yarn for fun. This activity could also be adapted in terms of decorating lanyard and would connect very well with afterschool or home craft activities.
Preparation Time: 5 - 10 minutes
Activity Time: 30 - 45 minutes
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