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Sooz Williams - ©2005

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What Is Symmetry? SSSSymmetry = Same IIIIf something has symmetry it is the SAME on both sides

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For Example: A butterfly has symmetry. If you draw a line down the center of a butterfly, both sides are the same!

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Some More Examples: Many kinds of food have symmetry! Many living things have symmetry! Even people have symmetry – most of the time!

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Sometimes, even very complicated things have symmetry: Like this building! It is called Aston Hall

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the same! The 2 sides are The 2 sides are symmetrical!

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Sooz Williams - ©2005 When the line of symmetry goes up and down, It is called VERTICAL symmetry

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VERTICAL up and down

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Another kind of symmetry is HORIZONTAL symmetry Horizontal means across, or side to side

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For Example: Many common objects have horizontal symmetry! This bow and arrow has horizontal symmetry.! This ladybug has horizontal symmetry

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HORIZONTAL side to side

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Sometimes, objects have both vertical and horizontal symmetry: verticalAND horizontal

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Can you see the symmetry in this pattern? This object has two lines of symmetry

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Which of these patterns is symmetrical? Nope!Nope!Yes! (one line of symmetry)

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This pattern is not symmetrical! Which of these patterns is NOT symmetrical?

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Sooz Williams - ©2005 Does this object have vertical symmetry or horizontal symmetry? Both! In fact, you could argue that this object has 4 lines of symmetry! (although not exactly)

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Created by Sooz Williams - ©2005 Can you find symmetry in the world around you? ResourcesEnd Show

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Sooz Williams - ©2005 References Houghton, John and Rod Birch. "Aston Hall History." Aston History Homepage Apr All other graphics courtesy of Microsoft Office Clip Art Online Microsoft Office Clip Art OnlineMicrosoft Office Clip Art Online End Show

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