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