Objectives: Students will recognize symmetry as a mirror image.
Learning Plan: Other lessons for art and math involve symmetry and rotation. Again, younger students may create very simple designs, while older students work with patterns that are more complex.
Provide students with a large sheet of paper for the base of their design. Students fold the paper in half and draw one side of the design (butterfly, heart, etc.). The students then cut out the design. Using the fold line as the center point, students make designs on the shape so that both sides are symmetrical. Designs may be simple crayon patterns, or students may use stickers, cutouts, stamps, or other embellishments to create the same pattern on each side of the shape.
Older children get some practice with both symmetry and rotation with name reflections. Again, students fold a piece of paper in half; they then write their name in “fat" letters, with each touching both the letters on each side and the fold line. Students then cut out their name and open the folded design. After gluing the mirror image to a background paper, students further embellish the design with pictures or words that identify and describe themselves.