I had only planned on spending one day working on symmetry. We have discussed this idea before, but had not worked on using a mirror to find reflective symmetry. This tool is a real
Realising one day was not quite enough to reinforce the idea of symmetry, I decided to use my student's comment to plan another lesson.
This lesson required students to choose a shape and trace around. They needed to cut around their shape. This is potential disaster for 7-8 year olds as they enjoy cutting quickly, therefore not into the shape needed, or still haven't mastered how to hold scissors. To my surprise these kiddos got stuck in and concentrated on their work.
|Students working very intently on tracing and cutting neatly around their shapes.|
|Some sweet folding of a hexagon.|
My favourite thing about this lesson is that the students were so proud of their work. They were the ones to suggest tracing over their lines of symmetry. All of them were keen to make more than one shape and they were able to make at least 2. (One child did 6!)
|A completed shape|
Unfortunately I was still not able to finish shape ... still need to reinforce angles! I'll get there in the end.
Do you have any suggestions for teaching shapes? What are your favourite aspects of teaching shape.