Second Grade finished up their radial symmetry leaf paintings and they are gorgeous!
We discussed radial symmetry and where we can find it in nature.
We started by drawing an X, from corner to corner, on a 12x12 sheet of paper. On each line we drew a leaf( I printed out drawing instructions for a few different kinds of leaves). I demonstrated how to draw the veins and how to add designs around the leaves to achieve radial symmetry. During the demonstration, I came up with this little song..."draw it, turn it, draw it, turn it"( to the tune of 'bop it'); the kids were really into my jam! All around the classroom, my little tune was floating around! Embarrassing for me, but helpful for them!
The drawings were done using oil pastel and then watercolors for the background. We talked about how contrasting colors make our designs stand out.