Varnelle Moore's
Primary Math Activities

Introduction to Symmetry
for Primary Students


   Intro to Symmetry

Activity 1
   Describing Tangrams

Activity 2

Activity 3

Activity 4

Activity 5
   Slides, Turns, Flips

Teacher Support
   Extension Ideas


These lessons are designed to guide young children through an introduction to symmetry using a puzzle set of seven geometric shapes called Tangrams.

As children manipulate the tangrams, they will visually learn about slides (translation), turns (rotation), and flips (reflection).

Each activity is aligned to the NCTM Standards, Grades K-2: Geometry and to the Philadelphia Mathematics Content Standards 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4.

Each of the lessons has been designed to include four types of activities:

  1. interactive, manipulative-based projects
  2. technology
  3. paper/pencil practice
  4. literature connections

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