Toro STEM explored symmetry in nature today! We did a quick review of the wonderful book called "Snowflake Bentley." Our amazing library has several copies if you would like to check the book out to read more in depth about the life and work of Wilson Bentley. Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Special would be happy to help you find the book and many other books related to symmetry, math patterns, snow, weather and more!
Snowflake Bentley tells the story of Wilson Bentley who was born in February of 1865 in Vermont. First grade and I did four digit subtraction to learn Wilson was born 154 years ago. They were disappointed they would not have an opportunity to meet Mr. Bentley, but we found the importance and joy in "meeting him" through his work and legacy.
Through the story, we learned about symmetry in nature. We discussed how some animals also create symmetrical structures (nests, spider webs, and the puffer fish and his "crop circle"). Alternately, we also learned about asymmetry and how it creates uniqueness. There was a lot of discussion on math concepts today! You can check out the simple Slides (embedded link to the right) we used to facilitate discussion to see photos and videos.
Primary grades were challenged to figure out why some of our snowflakes came out as whole snowflakes while others came out as two rectangular shaped snowflakes. Can you figure out why? Submit your response to your classroom teacher! Ask your teacher to send me your response, or you can submit your response using the "contact" tab above.
Upper grades were challenged to use backward design strategies to figure out how I created my Toro themed snowflake (pictured to the right). This type of thinking is required in algebraic problem solving. Where else does "thinking backward" help you solve problems?
Here are a few questions our groups have come up with! Pick a question and submit your answers with at least 3-5 complete sentences in your best handwriting to your teacher.
Where else can you find symmetry in nature? Where do we need symmetry in tools we use daily? How does asymmetry and symmetry in artwork make you feel? Would you want to wear a pair of asymmetrical shoe soles? Why or why not? Is there symmetry in our school campus map? Look at your classroom; is there symmetry in the way the desks and tables are placed? If your ears were not symmetrical, how would your hearing be impacted? What happens when a car's tire patterns are not symmetrical?
Below you can find some links to help you create snowflakes with your favorite fandom theme! Have fun, get help when you need it and make sure to leave your work space better than how you found it!
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This is a Toro themed snowflake I created for Mrs. Droeg. I also made her an ASU pitchfork one! What else can you create?
In STEM class, the kids and I have an ongoing tradition that all my examples involve Mrs. Droeg, our amazing Technology Teacher. Today, we made her into a snowflake pattern! Thanks for the help, Ms. Fisher's Third Graders! I think we got Mrs. Droeg's hair right on our second attempt! it was fun failing and trying again with you!
Yes, our house is in full Fortnite mode right now. It sort of drives me crazy which I can allow or I can embrace it and create some fun DIY Fortnite projects like DIY Fortnite llama snowflakes! I created a printable pattern, os you can easily and create your own Fortnite llama snowflakes.
This holiday season, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow with a flurry of paper snowflakes embellished with hidden Mickeys. For more Mickey magic, try these Mickey Gingerbread Cookies: Time: 20 minutes Snowflake template Lightweight paper (8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ or larger) Pencil Scissors Thin ribbon, twine, or fishing line Print template(s) you want to use.