So here's a post I meant to put up in April. Whoops. ;)
On one afternoon of our many, many state testing days (yes, 4 days constitutes as many, many) student teacher #3 and I decided that even though we were way behind in math and the next test was coming up soon and EVERY LITTLE SECOND COUNTS, the kids still needed to have fun after taking a test all day. Sooo we decided to do a quick little art activity in preparation for symmetry and transformations using these materials:
(I should have taken pictures while we were doing all of this!!! Aaahhhh!)
We cut up several pieces of string (between 12" and 16") and gave a few to each student. We then poured paint into the pie pans (one color per pan) and spread them out among the room. Each student had a piece of thick, white construction paper to use as their canvas. Before we started we talked a little about the line of symmetry, though not too much because I wanted to save it for after the activity. To begin, we folded the paper in half, then opened it up (which, of course, revealed one line of symmetry). After that they picked a paint color, dipped the string in it, placed it on one side of the paper, and refolded the paper. When they opened the paper and removed the string, they were amazed to see an awesome symmetrical picture! Take a look at some of these!!!!!:
And the best one...
This one turned out SOOOO cool!!! Can you see the dog face??! Totally unplanned by this little artist.
After the activity, we discussed more about the line of symmetry and how much FUN the kids had doing this activity. After that, we made new locker name tags that were symmetrical. That was incredibly difficult and required very refined fine motor skills (which 4th graders do not have, lol). It was a borderline NIGHTMARE to do but it came out great!! I don't have close-ups but you can make out some of the names. The kids folded a paper in half, wrote their name right above the fold on one side in block letters (making sure to connect the letters to each other and to the line of symmetry), and cut it out. We opened up the names and glued them onto another piece of paper so the name stood out.
I hope you enjoyed the activity pictures!
What do you do for symmetry?