Every year I try to do some sort of radial symmetry project with my third grade students. This year I decided to use color pencils and black construction paper. They turned out great. We did talk a little about contrast when we were coloring them and students looked for colors that would make their designs stand out. To create these designs we first practiced drawing a variety of lines. After that we looked at some radial designs and talked about what makes radial symmetry (a circular design with a center point and designs repeating out from the center). I gave them practice sheets with a bullseye design on them to make it easier. Their assignment was to use a variety of lines to create a radial design. Final designs were transferred to black paper and then colored in.
While they were working on completing their designs students took turns using the iPad app Doodle Dandy. This app allows you to make really interesting radial designs. I always use this with my students and it is always a big hit. It is a free app and easy and fun to use for all ages.
|Radial Designs using Doodle Dandy app|