Stained Glass Geometry

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Explore angles and two-dimensional figures! Measure geometric shapes and design an original stained glass image.

  • 1.

    Provide each student a square piece of black paper or poster board.

  • 2.

    Instruct the students to draw two perpendicular lines from each corner of the square, creating two triangles.

  • 3.

    Ask the students to divide the triangles in half by drawing two perpendicular lines through the square in the shape of a plus sign. Encourage the students to continue to divide the shapes in half to create a grid.

  • 4.

    Once students complete their grids, ask them to begin measuring shapes starting with the center of the grid. Instruct them to color the shapes with Crayola® Gel Markers. Encourage your students to add a variety of shapes in a symmetrical pattern balanced on each side of the square.

  • 5.

    Once each student’s grid is completely filled in with shapes, ask them to use a Crayola® Classic Black marker to outline each shape to create the finishing touch on their “stained glass.”

  • 6.

    When work is complete, pose the question: Can you identify two-dimensional geometric shapes and locate parallel and perpendicular lines in your work?

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.
  • MATH: Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
  • MATH: Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
  • MATH: Solve problems involving measurement and conversions of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Adaptations

  • This project could also be used to reinforce the concepts of fractions and division. Encourage students to count the number of divisions, therefore creating fractions of the whole as each line is drawn.
  • Use white paper and Crayola® Classic Markers in Bold Colors. Compare and contrast the two artworks.
  • Use this type of activity as an exploration of shapes and right angles.
  • Investigate tessellations and the work of M.C. Escher.
  • Use Crayola® Window Crayons or Markers to create an actual stained glass effect at home!