Rotational Symmetry Names

Rotational Symmetry – the shape or image can be rotated and it still looks the same.

In this activity students create a picture that has rotational symmetry, using their name as their starting point.
It is a great activity to add to your relief teacher folder because it does not require any photocopying. The only materials needed are white paper & textas or coloured pencils to decorate.

STEP ONE
Trim an A4 or A3 piece of paper to make a square. I folded one corner over to make a triangle & then trimmed off the extra bit on the end. When I opened up the triangle, a square was left.

STEP TWO
Fold the piece of paper in half to make a rectangle.

STEP THREE
Fold it in half again, to make a square.

STEP FOUR
Fold over one corner to make a triangle.

STEP FIVE
With lead pencil, write your name in block or bubble writing. When you are happy with it you can go over it with a black texta.

STEP SIX
Unfold one of the triangles . Hold it up to the light or up on a window so you can see & trace the original name you drew. I drew my picture at night so I had to hold my paper up to a light. Very tricky! I used a pencil first, just in case i slipped!
Continue unfolding and tracing until you have completed all 8 triangles.
If you have miras available to use, that would make this step a lot easier! A Mira is a geometric tool that is reflective like a mirror but is also transparent, making it easy to see & copy down symmetrical pictures.

STEP SEVEN
Add colour to your design. Make sure you colour each section of the triangles exactly the same!

All done! These look fantastic displayed on a classroom wall or used as a cover picture for student workbooks.

6 thoughts on “Rotational Symmetry Names”

1. great idea, also use as a language activity in following directions. Students can help each other, so it becomes a team building exercise with a concrete and colourful result.

2. Reblogged this on And Lucky Last… and commented:
I love this activity. I am hoping I can try it out in my Year 5 relief class tomorrow.

If not, I may just have to make one for myself 😀

3. I used this one with my year 6 prac class last year – they loved it! They’d been struggling with the concept of rotational symmetry so this was a fantastic activity to get a handle on it! Thanks Denise 🙂

• Thanks for that lovely feedback. Always nice to hear that an activity worked well in another class.

4. I cannot find a mira. Is there possibly another name for it?

• Hi Mary,
They are also known as geo mirrors & geo reflectors.
Hope this helps!
Denise