The idea behind this lesson was to tap into the children’s obsession with Minecraft to teach the following aspect of the Maths curriculum for Year 4
- complete a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry.
First of all, we discussed how to begin to complete the other half of a symmetrical pattern with respect to a given line of symmetry. We dealt with the misconception of translation v reflective symmetry.
The children were then given the opportunity to use Minecraft to create their own symmetrical patterns with a partner. Below are some of the results. The children were able to produce many symmetrical patterns within the time given. They were created much more accurately than they would have been using pencil and paper.