This Coloring Discrete Structures lesson plan also includes:
What's the least number of colors needed to color a U.S. map? The lesson begins by having pupils view a video clip on continuous and discrete phenomenon, then launches into an activity reminiscent of Zeno's paradox. A separate video and activity on the Four Color Theorem introduces pupils to concepts of graph theory.
- Consider using only the activities; disregard discrete mathematics vs. structures discussion
- Team up with a technology or computer science team for parts of the lesson
- Activities require different materials, such as string, colored paper, and coloring utensils
- Resource provides websites for further viewing and reading, as well as definitions for terminology used in the lesson
- While the lesson indicates alignment to Common Core practice standards, there are no alignments to Common Core content standards
- Many of the topics to consider for discrete mathematics/structures listed in the resources section is too advanced for the middle school level