|Grade 2 work sample|
This lesson was conducted over two 45 minute lessons (and I have also left it for relief teachers in previous years without issue).
The first lesson revolves around talking and identifying what symmetry is. The samples shown were from a grade 2/3 class. Most had a good idea after a discussion that symmetry means the same but as a mirror image. Most had done the paint on paper and then fold in reception.
I then handed out the sheets which had half the butterfly on it. I found the image on the internet with a search. I didn't give the students any instruction on how to do the butterfly. I simply stated it need to be symmetrical. This freedom allowed me to access how to observe the problem solving skills as well.
|Template I used. I inserted it onto a Word document.|
Some students kept it simple, some went all out. This was why I also asked that they include three (3) sentences explaining why it was symmetrical. I didn't get that from all - lots chose instead to do a description but it was a learning curve for me too and made for interesting reading.
This was the finishing off time and writing part. At this point I remember several students realising that they hadn't mirrored their stripes. As they were able to pick this up for themselves though made for all the better learning.
|Free-hand work example
Grade 3 student with learning difficulties
Watching the problem solving skills was interesting. The top example was achieved as they girl decided to backwards-fold the paper and trace the edge of the butterfly by holding the page up on a window. She did this first and then decided on her design.
The example to the left was done purely by hand. He chose a daring and complicated design but worked hard to have it completed on time. The student had a huge sense of pride as he struggled in literacy which had impacted his confidence greatly. In addition he was the only student who attempted to use the vocabulary of symmetry/symmetrical. All his work was completed independently.
|Grade 2 student|
Overall, I was pleased that the work was finished, predominately, on time. The work also looked great being on display for acquaintance night.
If you are looking for templates check-out my Symmetry Sheets.