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Circular Geometry

Create a symmetrical design. Use vibrant colors for a stunning kaleidoscope effect!

  • Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Provide each student with a piece of poster board, a ruler, and a pencil.
    2. Ask students to draw a circle in the center of their poster board.
    3. Instruct students to use rulers to divide the circles evenly into four by making a plus sign through the middle of their shapes.
    4. Ask students to divide their circles again with another plus sign to create eight equal “slices” (similar to a pizza).
    5. Instruct the students to draw a symmetrical design in the center of their circles.
    6. Ask the students to continue to create symmetrical designs so that each “slice” of their circle is the same.
    7. Give the students Crayola® Super Tips Washable Markers. Ask students to color each element of their design individually so that each “slice” is identical. Encourage the students to outline each shape with a black marker.
    8. After their design is completely colored in, give the students Crayola Scissors to cut their artwork out of the poster board.
    9. Give each student Crayola® No-Run School Glue and a piece of construction paper. Ask the students to glue their circle to the construction paper.
    10. Once all student work is complete and glue has dried, display these pieces like a quilt on a bulletin board!
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

    Math: Analyze patterns and relationships.

    Math: Classify two-dimensional figures into categories based on their properties.

    VA: Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art making.

    VA: Manipulate forms, materials and compositional elements to make meaning in a work of art.

  • Adaptations

    Invite students to create more divisions in the circle for a more involved kaleidoscope effect.

    Use white paper and Crayola® Colored Pencils or black paper and Crayola® Gel FX Markers.

    Investigate David Brewster and the origin of the first kaleidoscope. Use Crayola® Window Crayons or Markers to create a kaleidoscope effect on windows.

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