Butterfly Wreath Symmetry

Lesson #4018
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Create a symmetrical butterfly wreath for a math lesson or as a unique holiday picture frame.



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The teacher can explore the concept of symmetry and check for student understanding through identification of symmetrical objects in the classroom. This can be followed by a classroom game of "I-Spy" (e.g., I-Spy with my eye something green that has symmetry). This Butterfly Wreath activity will support students as they recognize symmetry, explore lines of symmetry, examine congruence and find similarities.

This activity can also be used to create a unique Mother's Day gift, where students can write eight reasons they love mom (one reason on each butterfly). Students may also use their symmetrical wreaths as a picture frame by attaching construction paper behind the wreath and adhering a picture to the center.

Using die-cut shapes and art supplies, students will create a Butterfly wreath to find symmetry with accuracy.

17457-TY-Ellison SureCut Die - Hearts, Primitive, Tiny - Tiny 26746-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Clothespin Critter, Butterfly - Large

Supplies Used: Chalk, Colored Pencils, Construction Paper, Crayons, Glue, Pens, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Fold a 14" x 14" sheet of gold construction paper or patterned paper into three triangles
  2. (Figure A).
  3. Slide the closed point of the folded triangle (the center point if the paper is opened) down the center of the LG Clothespin Critter Butterfly, extending the point past the cutting edge of the Butterfly and then die-cut (Figure B).
  4. Open the Butterfly circle.
  5. Die-cut eight of the Butterfly bodies using black paper and adhere to the Butterflies in the circle.
  6. Embellish bodies of butterflies with 32 Tiny Hearts, Primitive to complete a teacher sample for students (see Main Photo).
  7. Chalk, colored pencils, pens or crayons may be used to embellish the Butterflies.

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure D

Math: Geometry

Pre-K-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to use and apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should recognize and create shapes that have symmetry.
  • In grades 3-5, all students should identify and describe line and rotational symmetry in two- and three-dimensional shapes and designs.
  • In grades 6-8, all students should examine the congruence, similarity and line or rotational symmetry of objects using transformations.

Pre-K-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to use visualization, spatial reasoning and geometric modeling to solve problems.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should recognize and represent shapes from different perspectives.
  • In grades 3-5, all students should build and draw geometric objects.
  • In grades 6-8, all students should recognize and apply geometric ideas and relationships in areas outside the mathematics classroom, such as art, science and everyday life.

Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.

Source:Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

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