Symmetry Lesson with Kidspiration

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
3.3.8 Use attributes and properties of two-dimensional shapes to solve problems including applications involving parallel and perpendicular lines, congruence, symmetry, and perimeter.
3.3.6 Build, draw, and analyze two-dimensional shapes to understand attributes and properties of two-dimensional space.
Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes
Students will use the technology software program Kidspiration to build and solve symmetrical designs with two dimensional shapes.

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to conduct a mini-lesson on symmetry.  It may also be helpful to introduce polygons (hexagons, triangles, trapezoids, etc.). 

Some helpful technology tools I have used are...

  • When setting up the template, make sure to set up your printer to print 4 pages per sheet (print, properties, finishing, drop down menu choose 4 pages per sheet).

  • Make sure you save the template by going to the Teacher drop down menu, save as math activity, then save in a specific location. Otherwise, the students will not be able to use the template freely.

In this lesson, the teacher will...

1. Model for students how to pull out and manipulate shapes in order to fit into the design correctly.

2. Have a student model the steps with teacher guidance.

3. Have students work in partners, taking turns pulling out shapes, placing them correctly, and answering writing portions on each page. 

4. Monitor to check for understanding, to guide students through questions they may have, and search for "teachable moments." 

5. Have students print when permission from the teacher is given.



The assessment will be the final product that the students turn in.  I personally will be looking for at least 80% accuracy.  With the writing portion of the template, I will be looking for developed answers (Did they truly understand what I was asking? And did they answer to the quality I was hoping for?)

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2D. Contribute to project teams. Produce original works or solve problems in a team setting.
Career Related Learning Standards
CR3A. Locate, process, and convey information using traditional and technological tools.
CR4A. Identify different types of teams and roles within each type of team; describe why each role is important to effective teamwork.