Today we cut out paper snowflakes! We began by reading/looking at a pop-up book called "Snowflakes" by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff.
Then we watched a short Khan Academy video called "Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirlflakes." This is a fun video to watch as all kinds of paper cutting reveals all kinds of snowflakes. Fair warning, hang on to your seat!
Next, each student was given a template to use. I found the templates at http://www.daves-snowflakes.com/patterns.html Each template began as a hexagon, was folded on a line of symmetry to form a trapezoid, was folded to form a rhombus, and finally folded to form an equilateral triangle. Now, the students cut away the black areas. Each snowflake was attached to a sheet of black construction paper:
Finally, I asked the kids to create a Diamonte poem about the relationship between snowflakes and geometry. A little disclaimer.... we had a very difficult time thinking of participles (words ending in -ing) for geometry. I challenged my students to complete the Diamonte with participles for Geometry, if they could. However, I allowed them to use attributes of geometric shapes instead:
Before leaving, I took a photo of each student with their snowflake. I will send the picture to them and tomorrow we will take a screenshot of just the snowflake and post it to our Kidblog site(s) along with their poems.