Cartoons and Comics

Poster 025When did your math class involve comic books and cartoons? Leigh Bybee’s 7th grade math students have started their unit on proportions and Tweety Bird, Eeyore and Porky Pig were some of the cast of characters on hand.

Poster 012Students spent two weeks studying proportional relationships (ratios, proportions, similar figures, scale drawings, indirect measurement). As a culminating project, they were challenged to take a small picture and enlarge it so that the larger picture is an accurate scale drawings of the smaller. Students chose their own comics, gridded them and created a similar grid on poster board. In addition to the poster, students answered reflection questions that asked them to explain ideas such as the meaning of their scale/ scale factor and proving visually and mathematically that their poster was proportional to their comic. The great thing about this assignment was that you didn’t have to be an artist to come up with a spectacular drawing. It was all based on math and proportions.

Poster 022“Students were determined to choose comics that they would be capable of replicating, focused on ensuring that their drawings were proportional to the comic, and dedicated to understanding the reflection questions.  This actually evolved into a community-building activity as students acted as peer-editors of their classmates’ drawings and encouraged one another to do their best work,”  said Mrs. Bybee.


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1 Response to Cartoons and Comics

  1. Marcio says:

    Jackie, I am a watercolor patiner and occasional teacher who lives in a cottage in the woods, on a tiny peninsula poking out into the Pacific on the west coast of the US Washington state. I have followed your blog for several years and love your work as well as the way you share your life with those of us who lurk here. My morning visits to your studio brighten my predominately gray days we get over two and half meters of rain here every year. I love your reports on all the new techniques you try and find them inspiring. I tried the gold leaf on a painting of young cowboys and ponies and sold it for a tidy sum. I was wondering if you get bothered by the solitude of your studio at times? Pat

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