First grade students have been learning how to create heart stencils using symmetry.
The first step was to fold the tag board in half and draw half of a heart shape.
The next step was to cut out the half heart, which became a whole when the tag board was unfolded.
First graders had several options to create their hearts from their stencils.
Students could trace around the outside of the heart shape.
This process required a lot of focus from the students.
Other students added color to the inside of their designs.
Everyone had lots of fun exploring many new methods of creating hearts and making stencils.
Here are some examples of the students’ work.
Students have been exploring creating snowflakes through paper cutting.
First graders learned how to create a four-pointed snowflake.
Fourth and fifth grade students learned how to create a six-pointed snowflake.
Everyone enjoyed the process of folding and cutting the paper into unique symmetrical shapes.
Most people make snowflakes with four or eight points. Real snowflakes in nature form with six points (or occasionally three if they formed weird).
Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami.
Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.
This project is always a favorite for students to learn and master basic folding techniques.
Here are some examples of students’ snowflakes.