Circular Geometry

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

  • 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.