This symmetry project is great for a beginning project in geometry or during testing when students are burnt out. I’ve included 6 samples that you can use while explaining the project to your students.
Give each student the two-page Investigating Symmetry Project Instructions and a copy of the Investigating Symmetry Project Instructions for Measuring Your Objects page.
You can have students work in pairs, though I’ve found it’s best to have students work independently. You can give them time in class to work on their project or make it a homework assignment. I usually give them at least a week. I always have them draw their own objects rather than take clipart or images from the internet, but this is up to your discretion.
The day the projects are due, I put the students in groups of 4. Each group gets four Investigating Symmetry Project Grading Rubric sheets (one per student in the group). They then grade each other’s work according to the rubric. I have them attach the rubric to the project, collect them, and usually only need to make a few adjustments.
It's simple, students can work independently, and they are allowed to be as creative as they'd like. Students practice recognizing symmetry and measuring line segments using a ruler and angles in degrees using a protractor.
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