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Mathematics / Year 4 / Measurement and Geometry / Location and transformation

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Curriculum content descriptions

Create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies (ACMMG091)

  • using stimulus materials such as the motifs in Central Asian textiles, Tibetan artefacts, Indian lotus designs and symmetry in Yolngu or Central and Western Desert art
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
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Making maths: Rangoli designs

This resource is a web page containing an activity about symmetrical patterns that are used to decorate traditional Indian clothing and architecture. The patterns contain line and/or rotational symmetry. Students can examine the patterns and identify the type of symmetry present in each one. This resource is one of a series ...

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reSolve: Authentic Problems: Expanded Square

This sequence of four lessons explores concepts around informal area and symmetry. Students design an 'expanded square' where approximately half the area of the original square is flipped to the outside. The lessons provide opportunities for students to devise and use methods to informally measure area, record their mathematical ...

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Maths in nature

Maths can be found in living things and natural structures. Explore mathematical patterns in nature, such as the tessellating hexagonal units of a honeycomb, the bilateral symmetry of a leaf, the radial symmetry of a snowflake and spiderweb, and the number of right or left spirals on a pinecone or pineapple (Fibonacci numbers).


Making maths: Indian window screen

This resource is a web page containing an activity about constructing symmetrical decorative patterns. The resource provides initial step-by-step instructions for using standard grid paper to recreate an intricate pattern found in a traditional Indian window screen. This resource is one of a series of activities from the ...

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An animated tutorial about types of polygons and their line symmetries, followed by an interactive quiz.

Teacher resource

Primary mathematics: open-ended tasks

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'open-ended tasks' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use investigations in order ...

Teacher resource

Symmetry: mobile devices - teacher resource

This teacher resource illustrates how students can create symmetrical patterns using mobile devices. Images can be selected, annotated and placed within applications (apps) loaded on mobile devices. The example demonstrates how a sequence of images can be created from a photograph of the Victory Gate in Vientiane, Laos. ...


Draw an egg

This teaching resource outlines an activity for students to draw an egg shape by hand, using a method that combines three ellipses. The resource outlines the materials required, provides instructions for drawing the curve, describes how the shape is composed of ellipses, and introduces some places where the egg shape is ...

Interactive Resource

Planes of Symmetry

An animated tutorial demonstrating planes of symmetry of solids. An interactive quiz is included.


Axial Symmetry

An interactive applet in which students explore the effect of reflection in a variety of axes.

Moving Image

What is a fractal?

Do you know what a fractal is? Basically, fractals are never-ending patterns created by repeated mathematical equations. In this clip, Yuliya, a student at MIT (in the USA) describes the properties of fractals and shows you where they can be found in technology and nature. Have a good look at the world around you and see ...