26 ways to Play and Learn with Symmetry

It is said we are all born to follow our passion.  I didn’t know what my passion was until I started creating unit studies for my homeschooled kids.  I realized that putting together a unit study combines all my most favorite things in the world: kids, creativity, researching, finding answers through thinking and doing, and writing.  I’m also happy to know that when I share our unit studies with you, I can make your life less stressful and save your some valuable time by doing all the work for you.  Without much ado, here is our next unit study The Science of Symmetry. It took us probably close to a hundred hours to put it all together, including research, reading, doing each activity (sometimes more than once), photographing, editing, and writing.  But we had lots of fun with it and I hope you will too!

 

The Science of Symmetry Unit Study.  In this unit, we will look at different kind of symmetry in nature, architecture, art, music, science and math. We will explore what is symmetry and do 26 hands-on activities to master pattern recognition and have fun with symmetry.

 

You may not realize it but symmetry permeates every aspect of your life.  There is literally not a day that goes by when you are not being exposed to, influenced by or being part of symmetry.  There is symmetry in the houses we live, cars we drive, songs we sing, paintings we create and clothing we wear.   There is symmetry in butterfly wings, maple leaves, pine cones, and in the atomic structure of molecules and crystals.  There is symmetry in words, images, ideas, symbols, routines, and even our bodies are innately symmetrical.  

 

Symmetry is a pattern and pattern recognition is an important intelligence skill that has the highest correlation with our general intelligence.  When we train our mind to recognize patterns, we expand our mind and improve our analytical skills, ability to predict and critical thinking.  In this unit, we will look at different kind of symmetry in nature, architecture, art, music, science and math. We will explore what is symmetry and do 26 hands-on activities to master pattern recognition and have fun with symmetry.

 

The Science of Symmetry Unit Study.  In this unit, we will look at different kind of symmetry in nature, architecture, art, music, science and math. We will explore what is symmetry and do 26 hands-on activities to master pattern recognition and have fun with symmetry.

 

Symmetry Unit Study

Outline

  • Quick Start Guide
  • Section 1: What is Symmetry 

     -1- The Big Idea 
     -2-  Exploration Station 1 – Symmetry Mirror Play

 

The Science of Symmetry Unit Study Pinecone

     -3-  Books, Videos, and Symmetry Song
     -4-  Simple symmetry Art
     -5-  Symmetry Exercise: Complete the Picture

 

  • Section 2: Types of Symmetry
         -6-  What are the Different Types of Symmetry
         -7-  Types of Symmetry Game: Classify the Cards

 

The science of symmetry Unit Study Types of symmetry game
     -8-  Symmetry in Alphabet Letters
     -9-  Exercise: Wallpaper Symmetry

 

  • Section 3: Symmetry in Nature
         -10-  Introduction
         -11-  Symmetry Photowalk

 

The Science of Symmetry Unit Study Dahlias     -12-  Backyard Nature Collage
     -13-  Capturing Body Symmetry
     -14-  Snowflake Symmetry
     -15-  Symmetry in Fruits and Vegetables
     -16-  Sun Sensitive Paper Project

 

  • Section 4: Symmetry in Mathematics and Architecture
         -17-  Exploration Station 2 -Symmetry Toys
         -18-  Tangrams

 

The Science of Symmetry Unit Study Tangrams     -19-  LEGO Symmetry

     -20-  Origami for Kids
     -21-  Symmetry in Architecture

 

  • Section 5: Additional Activities
         -22-  Make a Kaleidoscope
         -23-  Crochet Doily
         -24-  Paper Dolls Chain
         -25-  Peacock Symmetry Art
         -26-  Moving Symmetry
         -27-  Writing Connection
         -28-  Art Connection
         -29-  Hangman or Snowman: Symmetry Vocabulary practice

 

You can find this unit study for FREE in my Subscriber-ONLY library of resources.  You have two options: the full version and no-photographs version (to save on ink).  Please, let me know your thoughts!  It will help me improve your experience in the future and make my unit studies a fun learning adventure!   

 

 

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  4. Thank you for sharing! Love the idea of integrating math & arts in nature study. I featured your post in this week’s Learn & Play Link Up. – Jae of The Pinay Homeschooler

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  6. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for stopping by the Learn & Play Link Up! This post is featured on Christian Montessori Network this week.

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  7. I love creating unit studies. This looks so amazing. I’ve already subscribed so I can’t wait to dig into symmetry with my kiddos. 🙂

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