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Students 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) 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.
Fifth graders review the concept of a line of symmetry by using pieces of paper that have pictures such as, letters of the alphabet, polygons, and designs made from polygons in order to determine if they have symmetry. The fine, two-hour session should lead to a much greater understanding of symmetry. Terrific worksheets are embedded in the plan which support your teaching, and some innovative extension activities are described as well. A very impressive activity!
When you engage learners in creating symmetrical objects you are also building their vocabulary and math sense. Kids discuss key words such as, asymmetrical, symmetrical, balance, tint, and shade. They use these elements of design to create symmetrical masks. Tip: Not only can you talk about the use of masks in other cultures, you can also discuss symmetry, asymmetry, and balance found in nature and math.
Second graders explore the art of symmetry. They create beautiful butterflies that are the same on both sides, symmetrical. As they are working small groups rotate to the computer station to look up and paste symmetrical images to a word doc. This activity is a good follow up to a math lesson on symmetry.
Challenge your class to identify, label, and draw a wide range of symmetries with this worksheet. In addition, learners name symmetrical shapes and compare them to alphabet letters. This worksheet asks class members to work with lines of symmetry with infinite and finite shapes. Give this to your class after they have mastered identifying certain symmetries by looking at images.
Students explore symmetry in architecture. In this cross curriculum art and architecture instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars analyze color symbolism and Medieval Animals in the poem. Students write a brief essay examining Gawain as a hero.
Do these dotted lines indicate symmetry? Some of them do, and scholars determine which ones in 12 different images. Because some of these are tricky, it may be helpful to have large versions of these shapes printed and cut out. This way, you can demonstrate by physically folding them. Better yet, call kids up to do the folding in front of the class!
Drawing lines of symmetry helps scholars understand shape attributes, basic fractions, and equality. They determine how many lines each of these nine shapes has, using an example as reference. Consider having learners cut out a set of these shapes to use as they complete the worksheet. They can fold them to physically see the lines that divide the shape in half. Also, you may want to number these shapes before copying to make review easier.