



Named for an Italian mathematician, Fibonacci numbers follow a very odd sequence. The first 12 numbers in the sequence are 1123581321345589 and 144. If you look carefully you’ll notice that once started, each number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it. For example, 5+8=13 and 34+55=89.
Growing Patterns shows how this sequence shows up in nature. By looking at some petals on flowers and the spirals on a pineapple and the center of a sunflower, you’ll notice the sequence in play.
If you’d like to expose your child to a simple explanation of Fibonacci sequences and show examples of how this works, this is the book to purchase. I would imagine any math teacher would definitely wish to add this picture book to his or her home library. There should be a copy in the school’s library as well.



Bob Walch/2010 for curled
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