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## Activity Guide

# This guide looks at the activity in detail and goes into the underlying math.

## Photos & Videos

Shubin, Tatiana. Finkel, Dan. Lomas, Randal. (2022). Grid Power. In S. Bowen (Ed.), Math Circle Activity Database. American Institute of Mathematics. https://mathcircles.org/activity/grid-power

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- Activity Description
- Topics Covered
- Session Styles
- Mathematical Practices

“When I grew up in the Soviet Union, all we used for math was grid paper. Grid paper leads to discovery.” This is how Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University, begins her lesson demonstrating the myriad of wonderful math questions arising from a simple sheet of grid paper. Attempting to count all squares of any size on a limited grid will require participants to persevere, organize their thinking and construct viable arguments.

MP1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

MP2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

MP3 - Construct viable arguments and critique others' reasoning.

MP4 - Model with mathematics.

MP5 - Use appropriate tools strategically.

MP6 - Attend to precision.

MP7 - Look for and make use of structure.

MP8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

MP2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

MP3 - Construct viable arguments and critique others' reasoning.

MP4 - Model with mathematics.

MP5 - Use appropriate tools strategically.

MP6 - Attend to precision.

MP7 - Look for and make use of structure.

MP8 - Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.