A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively
engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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Phase:

During/Explore/Explain, After/Explain/Elaborate

Activity:

1. Demonstrate the concept of symmetry by displaying images of symmetrical objects and by pointing them out around the room. Ask students to locate examples or give examples.

2. Distribute a handout asking students to draw a line of symmetry. These can be printed according to grade level at this site.

3. Now ask students to fold a piece of paper in half and try to make a symmetrical drawing using the fold as a line of symmetry.

4. After 4-5 minutes of drawing a symmetrical picture introduce students to Symmetry Artist. Point out the different features and ways to customize the drawing.

5. Students may create freely or they can be given a challenge. For example, "Students should write their name on a diagonal axis." or "Students should make a symmetrical flower using the rotational symmetry feature."

Assessment Strategies:

Assess understanding of symmetry using the handout and student's creations on the digital tool.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher should be familiar with Symmetry Artist.

To strengthen background knowledge of symmetry the teacher can show a PowerPoint based on grade level. A free age-appropriate PowerPoint can be found here.

Variation Tips (optional):

The Symmetry Art created by the students could be printed out and displayed. Students could be challenged to find the lines of symmetry in the artwork of other students.