We are going over basic geometry principals in one of the classes that I co-teach in. This week we made "bugs" that has symmetric bodies.

Students drew out various shapes and designs to make their bug. Then, they used a black crayon, and darkly traced their lines. Next, they folded the paper so that the crayon was over a blank sheet of paper. Finally, they rubbed hard on the back of the paper they had traced, the waxy design transferred to the blank side of the sheet. The students then went over the transferred lines (if needed) and colored their bugs. They turned out soooo great!

Students also warmed up later in the week by using pattern blocks to make intricate and symmetric designs. Symmetry is such a fun topic to review! {A fun break to test prep and something fairly easy to review} Students had 5-7 minutes to work with their table parents to show a symmetric pattern. They were pretty creative for being so quick.


  1. Very cute! I love that idea! And I am so glad that you posted this because here I was thinking I was almost finished with geometry and low and behold I totally forgot symmetry! Yikes!!!! I'm so overwhelmed with testing coming up I'm jumping all over the place trying to get it all in!

    To-do list, here I come!!!
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  2. Cool bugs! I love the warm up with the manipulatives. That must have been a lot of fun.

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  3. Super cute! I love these kind of activities because they'll always remember symmetry!
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  4. Love the bugs. We do a similar symmetry alien activity but we write the kids names in cursive along the fold line, they then go over their names etc and turn their symmetrical name into an alien by coloring in parts of it, adding eyes etc. They turn out very like your bugs but their names are the actual bodies :)
    Just read a post about hands-on activities and your bugs and patterns definitely qualify :)


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  5. Love love love those symmetry bugs!! Just found your blog through Lucky to be in First's giveaway, I'm your newest follower!

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  6. I love the bug symmetry! I was sad to find out that here in Virginia symmetry is no longer covered in fifth grade. It's always been one of my favorites! I hope that your first year of fifth grade has gone well. I am in my fifth year with fifth grade and I can't imagine going back to any other grades. I love 5th!

    I'm also your newest follower :-)

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