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Explaining Symmetry

February 17, 2011

During math centres today, I went around and talked to the students about what they were doing and what they learned. Below is a video clip of a child explaining her symmetrical picture. I like hearing her explanation of symmetry.

What do you know that is symmetrical? What does it mean for an object to be symmetrical? My class would love to hear your thoughts!
Aviva
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4 Comments
  1. I loved your explanation of your painting almost as much as I liked the painting itself. Hmmmmm…. let's see. What can I think of that has symmetry? How about a snowflake? I live in Wisconsin and we get all kinds of snow. My students cut snowflakes from paper, so I know that a paper snowflake has symmetry. Your class can decide if real snowflakes have symmetry. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the comment, Mrs. Coats! I'll definitely share it with my students. They'll be thrilled that you commented too. I wonder what they'll have to say about if a real snowflake is symmetrical.

    Aviva

  3. Good stuff Aviva. Here are some good paper snowflake things that take arts integration into math even further with less preparation time by using coffee filters.

    http://livelearnlove226.blogspot.com/2011/01/coffee-filter-snowflakes.html
    http://www.makeandtakes.com/coloring-coffee-filter-snowflakes

  4. Thanks for the idea! I'll definitely have to give this a try, Ian!

    Aviva

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