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Stencil heart art

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First grade students have been learning how to create heart stencils using symmetry.

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The first step was to fold the tag board in half and draw half of a heart shape.

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The next step was to cut out the half heart, which became a whole when the tag board was unfolded.

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First graders had several options to create their hearts from their stencils.

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Students could trace around the outside of the heart shape.

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This process required a lot of focus from the students.

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Other students added color to the inside of their designs.

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Everyone had lots of fun exploring many new methods of creating hearts and making stencils.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work.

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Snowflakes

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Students have been exploring creating snowflakes through paper cutting.

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First graders learned how to create a four-pointed snowflake.

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Fourth and fifth grade students learned how to create a six-pointed snowflake.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of folding and cutting the paper into unique symmetrical shapes.

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Most people make snowflakes with four or eight points. Real snowflakes in nature form with six points (or occasionally three if they formed weird).

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Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami.

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Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.

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This project is always a favorite for students to learn and master basic folding techniques.

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Here are some examples of students’ snowflakes.

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