This week's math class continued with symmetry...
We read Snowflake Bentley, a Caldecott winning book, that tells the true story of Wilson Bentley, who first captured individual snowflakes on film. We noted that Willie was homeschooled until age 14. Some speculate that Bentley may have been autistic.
Bentley said, "I found that snowflakes were masterpieces of design. No one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted...just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."
Snowflake Bentley Exhibit with a tiny museum housing Bentley's cameras as well as some of his photos. If you're ever in Jericho, Vermont, be sure to visit! (pictured, left)
Using Bridges materials, my students made their own snowflakes using paper pattern blocks.
Mathwire and wanted to use it as an extension of our lesson on "line of symmetry."
If you'd like, try some symmetry activities on-line:
Learn About Symmetry
Symmetry Shape Games
Finish the Symmetry Picture
List of Kids' Symmetry Links
Also, check out this snowflake set. What a fun way to explore tessellations!