Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reporting.... What I learned about Mexican Mandalas and Radial Symmetry!


4th graders learned about how Mandalas have been used all over the world in many different cultures! We noticed how they are symmetrical in a special way - they have symmetry all the way around a circle, not just from one side to the other. Check out these wonderful artworks and what these artists had to say about what they learned.

A fun fact I learned about Mandalas is they do not have to have a topic. they can be abstract. (Camden 4th grade).

A fun fact I learned about Mandalas is they can be made out of colorful sand that the people back then (Native Americans) used it for a healing circle.(Emily 4th grade).

A fun fact I learned about radial symmetry is that its the same color and the same design in all 4 parts of            
mandala and native americans used them as healing circle (Nathan 4th grade)

A super cool fact I learned about MANDALAS is some are put in church windows (Brandon 4th grade)  

A fun fact I learned about Mandalas is Native Americans used them as healing circles. (Austin 4th Grade).

A fun fact that I learned about radial symmetry is that it matches all the way around in many pieces. Regular symmetry only matches from one side to another. (Rylan 4th grade)

I learned that people used Mandalas as Aztecs calendars (Bryana 4th grade)

A cool thing about mandalas is they have radial symmetry and you never know which way to hold it (Ethan D. 4th grade).

One thing I learned about mandalas is that they can be used for representing family and each other (Nolan 4th grade).


  1. I love these! I am currently finishing my degree with student teaching in the art room...might use this idea!

  2. What was use to make the circle shapes be so circular?

  3. The center part is a CD and the rest was made with a regular compass. :)

  4. Did the students just free hand their designs after they used the compass? I'm worried that my students would have trouble creating radial designs.

  5. First, they divided up their paper into fourths by folding. Then, they traced the CD into the middle, then used the compass to draw a few more circles. Then they could choose if they wanted to draw a diagonal line between the opposite corners of the square to help with creating their radial designs. Good luck! THey actually did great with it!

  6. What kind of markers are those?