Folding online shapes

The digital learning object L7803 Finding symmetry: one line: city  introduces the idea of line of symmetry. Testing whether a shape 'folds' entails a very basic understanding of proof: the fold line is true because it matches.

Screen grab showing an isosocles triangle with a single line of symmetry.

Screen grab from L7803 Finding symmetry: one line: city.
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The online activity gives young students a chance to test whether presented shapes have a line of symmetry or not. It provides a tool for students to answer and discuss the question of "How do you know?" The reasoning involves ideas such as

  • same or different
  • true or not true
  • visualisation
  • If… then…

These are all introduced in Big Ideas.

Curriculum links

Year 3: Identify symmetry in the environment