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Fibonacci Hunt: Go for the Gold!

In this activity, we'll:

  1. Use field experiences to observe patterns in the natural world.

  2. Observe and collect ecological information about wetland plants and animals.

  3. Understand adaptations of plants and animals to wetland ecosystems.

  4. Apply mathematical formulas to natural objects.

Teaching Materials:

  • Natural objects: pinecones, leaves, flowers, shells, fruits, vegetables, etc.

  • Knives

  • Calculator

  • Graph paper with large squares

  • Copies of the student handout for this lesson

  • Paper

  • Camera (optional)

  • Pencil


  1. Review and discuss with your teacher and peers the information about Fibonacci numbers contained in the handout “Fibonacci Hunt: Go for the Gold!”

  2. Review and discuss with your teacher and peers the information about golden patterns and the golden proportion contained in the handout “Going for the Gold!”

  3. Organize materials needed for this activity.

  4. Working alone or with a partner, follow instructions on the “Fibonacci Treasure Hunt” handout.

End of Chapter 2!
Go to Chapter List or Proceed to Chapter 3.

Pelicans often hunt in groups. One group was counted at almost 2,000 birds!
  1. Chapter 2 Intro
  2. Essential Questions
  3. Why Worry about Wetlands
  4. Activity: Countdown Calendar
  5. What is a Wetland?
  6. Activity: Lake Log
  7. Activity: How healthy is this wetland?
  8. Activity: Where have all the Wetlands gone?
  9. Activity: Bird Beak Buffet
  10. Activity: Environmental Barometer
  11. Activity: Fibonnacci Hunt