Thursday, June 21, 2012

Teaching Symmetry

Check out this symmetry self portrait bulletin board from Pineapple Paintbrush.  Each child is half photograph and half drawing.  I am sure the kids would love taking part in this project!
Along the same lines of symmetrical art to display, this idea was found on Pinterest, but I am unable to access the site it came from. 
These kindergartners put paint on half of a sheet of paper, folded it in half and created a symmetrical monster.  To take it a step further and incorporate another subject area, I think for 1st graders or older, you could have the students write a story to go along with their monster.

This was a 6th grade math/art lesson involving the students' names.  Definitely too hard for my 1st graders, but such a cool idea!
An easier name project might be this one that comes from Getting Messy With Ms. Jessi.
Using Bendaroos and letter blocks, kids can discuss which letters of the alphabet are symmetrical and which ones are not. 
This idea is from Homeschool or Bust.  For her older children, she took the idea a step further and had them make fractions.  Letters that are symmetrical: 14/26, which can reduce to 7/13.  Continue thinking of fractions that could challenge an older group of kids.

I got a kick out of this possible art/math idea of creating symmeTREE from Step Into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons.  I love the play on words. :)
She also did a bulletin board similar to the first picture on this post, only the students had to draw the other half to a school staff member.  Too funny!

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