Symmetry Inspired by Turkish Tiles

The 4th graders are starting a new project inspired by the country and culture of Turkey. Students choose a base. Then, they fold their next layer into fours and cut a design–like when you make snowflakes! I always say, “Cut a shape, skip a space, cut a shape.” Then, glue down. The next layer is cut more intricately, then glued down. The paper I’m using is 6″x18″. The final layer goes in the center (students will do this step next week.) and is a smaller size: 6″x6″.

This last one is my teacher exemplar. The students are already asking me if they can make another one before they even finished the first one! 

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