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No matter which way you slice it, the definition of symmetry might not be clear. The narrator of the video reflects on its true meaning as shapes, plants, and animals dance onstage for a captivated cartoon audience. Your class will be captivated as well!
Can you find the line of symmetry? That's what your students will demonstrate by completing this worksheet. The task gets increasingly difficult as shapes are included that have one line of symmetry, no lines of symmetry, and multiple lines of symmetry. Extend the activity by challenging learners to create their own symmetric figures.
High schoolers view an image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and identify the focal point of the painting. They discuss symmetry and balance as it pertains to the images. Students use the Student LaunchPad (linked to this lesson plan) to help them identify these elements in the images.
Define and identify the 3 basic forms of symmetry translation, rotation, and glides with your class. They cut out and arrange paper pattern blocks to illustrate symmetry, create a Cartesian graph, and design a rug with a symmetrical pattern. Multiple web links, activities, and interdisciplinary connections are included. There really are a lot of good ideas in this instructional activity.
Students examine how artists structure their compositions to convey a sense of symmetry and balance. They analyze various paintings, identify objects and figures in the paintings, conduct Internet research, and evaluate paintings.
Read between the lines of symmetry to make important connections between math, art, culture, and nature.
Young scholars examine symmetry with their bodies and create symmetrical pictures.  In this symmetry instructional activity, student view Cowboys Roping a Bear. Students discuss the composition of the painting. Young scholars look for symmetrical elements and then draw their own picture.
Learners explore symmetry in the insect world, comparing and contrasting insects and their symmetrical bodies and wings. They draw symmetrical insects, identifying body parts and explore nature's examples of symmetry. Afterward, they label insect body parts for assessment purposes.
Students examine knightly virtues and will measure Gawain's strength in the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In this poetry analysis lesson, students identify the bob-and-wheel poetic form and analyze symmetry in the poem. Students analyze color symbolism and Medieval Animals in the poem. Students write a brief essay examining Gawain as a hero.
Eighth graders study and define symmetry, show examples and explain how to create a symmetrical object such as a butterfly or a different shape. Finally, 8th graders write a three-paragraph paper describing where symmetry can be found in the world.
Students explore symmetry in architecture.  In this cross curriculum art  and architecture lesson, students fold paper to illustrate symmetry and identify symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.  Students observe photographs or take a walk in the neighborhood and identify symmetry used in architecture.  Students participate in related web site activities and use wooden blocks to create examples of symmetrical structures.
Students explore the symmetries of an equilateral triangle. In this instructional activity on symmetry, students determine the composition of given equilateral triangles using both rotational and reflectional symmetries.
The introduction of symmetry is the focus of this terrific geometry lesson. After an initial discussion on shapes and symmetry, student groups are given a digital camera to take pictures of symmetrical shapes outside the classroom. In the computer lab, they utilize the Paint program to draw shapes using symmetry. Some excellent blackline masters are embedded in the plan.
Students explore radial symmetry.  In this 3 dimensional art and geometry lesson, students identify examples of radial symmetry in everyday objects. Students create an imprint using radial symmetry on clay tiles.
Short and simple. X equals negative b divided by two(a) is the formula used to find the axis of symmetry. If the quadratic equation is in standard form, identify the values for a, b, and c and plug the values into the formula. Do the math to get the value for the axis of symmetry.
The graph of a quadratic equation is a parabola. Parabolas are symmetrical. The line that passes through the vertex is called the axis of symmetry. And if the parabolas were folded along this line, the two sides would be symmetrical. Check out this video for a quick explanation.
Students use a software program to create artwork and to manipulate images to study mirror and rotational symmetry. They take pictures of items in their environment in which they identify symmetry.
Have your class explore symmetry, radial balance and fractional parts in natural and man-made objects in their environment. Learners list examples and identify symmetrical and asymmetrical designs. Pupils are given a box of crayons and they divide the crayons and identify warm and cool colors.
Have you noticed how math and art are often intertwined? Study how artists create balance and order in their designs and artworks. They complete a radial design project and study examples of symmetry and examples of fractions or parts-to-whole relationships. 
Sixth graders discuss radial symmetry in art. In this art lesson, 6th graders observe various items that show radial symmetry and discuss this in many cultures. Students experiment with scrap copper pieces at creating radial symmetry in art.

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