Friday, May 30, 2014

Third grade Symmetry pieces- they used tiny rocks on cast cement hexagons as their material

You can see they reference their design notes while working.

I cast a bunch of plastic hexagon plates I found in the Target dollar section with cement to make the forms.

So interesting to see the way each kid approached the design.

I'm mortified to realize as I'm writing this that I didn't take photos of the completed pieces- SO depressing! I love having record of what they made :(. This photo is a completed piece that is sitting on a white plate to dry..


Very successful project!!


Beginning our Symmetry Project

I have been working on this lesson since the summertime and I was really excited to dive into it! I researched each grade level's Sunshine State Standards and FCAT standards for 3rd grade and higher. That's a lot of standards per grade level to integrate so I was super nervous about bringing it to fruition. The underlying tie was symmetry- which can be pretty straightforward but we also measured angles, did tons of measuring in general, converted decimals, measured perimeter, identified types of angles....the list goes on and on. My hope was actually using the math concepts to construct an art work would resonate with the kids. We'll see! ;) The pieces turn out incredibly beautiful. Each grade had a different material to work with. You can even see my kinders in the 2nd and 3rd picture using radial symmetry to create their design!!