Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Symmetric Faces

Halloween masks become a math activity when students create Symmetric Faces. Students demonstrate a working knowledge of symmetry as they make these unique masks using 1.5 sheets of construction paper, scissors and glue. Students outline the features on the half-sheet of paper, then carefully cut the pieces, and position them on the opposite side to create a symmetric face in opposite colors.

Download directions for making  Symmetric Faces.

Don't limit this mask activity to Halloween, as these versions would be equally effective opportunities to introduce this symmetry project:
  • Patriotic masks created in red, white and blue
  • Mardi Gras masks using yellow, green, and purple construction paper combinations to simulate Mardi Gras colors.
  • School Spirit masks created in school colors
  • Valentine masks created in red, pink and white
  • Or...you get the idea!

Be sure to check out the Symmetric Faces Photo Gallery for more inspiration.

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