Literacy through Art, Science, & Social Studies
Symmetry Vocabulary Matching Puzzles
This is the art component of the thematic unit. It contains the art prints, classification game, timeline, and art project directions. Students will examine the art prints, classify 31 rock art images, and carve their own petroglyph on a plaster rock they make. This component works particularly well with studies of native people.
Symmetry Interactive Notebook
Students read and follow directions to complete an interactive notebook that explores bilateral, rotation, and point symmetry. It will take 10-12 days to complete the notebook. There are 18 pages that must be run off for each student. This item may be used with the whole class, in small groups, placed at a center, given to students who will miss school during instruction, or who need additional work in this area. A completed sample notebook is included.
Symmetry in Nature Study Cards
Twenty-four study cards demonstrate nature’s use of symmetry. The front of each card shows the natural item, and the back explains the symmetrical properties displayed. Run off on quality paper once, and laminate, for a lifetime of use. Appropriate for grades 3-5. A “WORD” template is also included so that students can add their own photographs and make additional cards.
Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Stockings
The colorful, beautiful, and symbolic motifs used in the artwork of the Pennsylvania Dutch make lovely cards and Christmas stockings. Two sets of materials include "Read and Follow Directions" worksheets that walk students through making a cut-and-paste Christmas stocking in the Pennsylvania Dutch genre.
ELA/MATH/ART THEMATIC UNIT
Students explore the genre of Pennsylvania Dutch folk artists through language arts, math, and art studies.