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UKS2 Topic: Dinosaurs and Fossils Block J: Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution Session 4 Writing a Fibonacci poem Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician who lived 800 years ago. He introduced Arabic numerals to Europe, which he noticed were much easier to do arithmetic with than Roman numerals. Try this sum in Roman numerals VI + VII = ? Now try it in Arabic numerals 6+7=? Fibonacci also introduced a sequence of numbers that Indian and Arabic mathematicians had noticed in nature. Each number in the sequence is the sum of the two previous numbers. It starts at 1. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …..... Can you work out the next three numbers in the sequence? A Fibonacci poem Using this sequence of numbers, you can write poems. The first two lines should be one word each, the next two, the next three and so on. For example: Extinct Gone Wiped out So many creatures Evolved into some other creature Step by step, missing link by missing link. Write your own Fibonacci poem using two or three words from this word bank. Missing link Extinct Extinction Fossil Animal Whale Bird Human Fish Amphibian Advanced Fibonacci poem Try writing a poem using the Fibonacci sequence but counting the number of syllables rather than words. For example: Whales Birds Humans All creatures Signs of those gone by Left in our bones, evolution. © Original resource copyright Hamilton Trust, who give permission for it to be adapted as wished by individual users. We refer you to our warning, at the foot of the block overview, about links to other websites.