Rotational Symmetry

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Pattern 3

Draw a pattern with rotational symmetry
of order 6 but no line symmetry.

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Construction | Geometry | Symmetry | Transformations

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  • This could be a quick activity with pupils roughly sketching their ideas or it could be a more sustained project leading to some potentially stunning display work for your classroom. Pupils could work on different stipulations. Roll two dice, can you create a diagram (using pencil and paper, a computer painting program or Logo) to produce a design which has the order of rotational symmetry of the first dice and the order of line symmetry of the second dice score. Are all possible combinations possible? Construct a table to show which pairs are possible.
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Laptops In Lessons

Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
Do they have iPads or Laptops in Lessons?

Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

Laptops In Lessons

Here a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments.

Transum.org/go/?Start=January16

Here is the URL which will take them to a related student activity.

Transum.org/go/?to=rotate

Student Activity

 

Here is the URL of a snowflake generator with which pupils can produce symmetrical patterns.

Transum.org/go/?Num=886

Student Activity

 

Curriculum Reference

See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.


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