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Symmetry in Nature


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Keywords: geometry, symmetry
Subject(s): Math, Art, Photography
Grades 6 through 12
School: Patapsco Middle School, Ellicott City, MD
Planned By: Diane Boarman
Original Author: Louise Wilson, Grand Rapids
Geometry

In geometry class we do scale model building, comparisons of shapes, effects of distortion, and various translations and rotations. We make tessellations.

Students would use still photographs to explore which shapes can tessellate, with student groups exploring man-made objects. We would look for tessellations in nature using the macro function of the camera. We would use macro photographs to explore the Fibonacci series.

The students would explore reflections, rotations and distortions in the computer using the software and still photographs.

We would examine the effect of camera angle on parallel lines and vanishing points in a picture. We would use the camera and camera angles to create optical illusions and apparent distortions.

We would use the magnification and reduction effects of the camera and the software to create scale models.
Camera use will be a running theme throughout our year of geometry.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Paint, Slideshow, Clipart, Video Editing, Camera Bags, xD Memory Cards, Flash/USB Drives
Other Items: 1 computer, $400 each, total of $400.00
1 printer ink, $59 each, total of $59.00