We're still in our 2D geometry unit - just need to finish up transformational geometry before we move on to fractions. This journal entry was all about symmetry. Symmetry isn't a new concept for my students, but rotational symmetry is new for my grade 5 students.
This is the right-side of our journal entry - the one I model (I use my document camera to project it over the smartboard while I work on it) for the students to copy. We started out with our learning goal, then made a T-chart to compare Lines of Symmetry and Rotational Symmetry. We gave a definition for both, the cut out a trapezoid, square, and parallelogram for each side. For the lines of symmetry, we folded the shapes to check for symmetry, then drew the lines on the shape. We glued the shape down so that it could still be folded to check for symmetry (tricky with the square - we could put glue on 1/8 of the shape so that it could still fold). We discussed the "big idea" that regular polygons had the same number of lines of symmetry as sides on the shape. For the rotational symmetry side, we attached the shapes to the page using brass fasteners, and then traced the shape on the page. We could then rotate the shapes to check for rotational symmetry.
Students also completed their "left-side thinking" - learning goal in student-friendly terms, what I know, what I learned, proof, and a reflection. They work on this side independently. I really like how this student completed another example of rotational symmetry, using a different shape then we used on the right side.
At the beginning of class the next day, one student reviews the lesson by sharing his or her "left-side thinking". They put their journals under the document camera, and talk us through their thinking. Ever since we have started the left-side thinking, at least one of my students asks me if they can be chosen to share the next day ... now that screams success and engagement to me! What more can I ask for???
Well, that's about it ... Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day! Hope all you mommies get lovingly spoiled today!