Taj Mahal (10-11 years old)

  • Core Competencies: Mathematics,
    symmetry 
  • Field of knowledge: Mathematics

 

Objectives

General

Create a symmetrical composition, taking inspiration from the Taj Mahal.

Specifics

  • Recognize the symmetry within the Taj Mahal.
  • Recognize geometric shapes in buildings and monuments.
  • Construct 3-dimensional geometric figures.

Contents

  • Recognition of symmetries in figures and objects.
  • Tracing a symmetric plane figure with respect to another of a given element.
  • Interest in clear and orderly presentations of geometric works.

Methodology

Materials:

Cork, PVA glue, scissors, pencil, ruler, brown paper, coloured paper, white card

Duration:

1 hour.

Step by Step:
 

Step 1

Look at these photographs of the Taj Mahal together on the whiteboard. Jointly analyze and classify the different geometric shapes that can be seen, and study the symmetry of the monument.

Step 2  

Then each student should select some individual architectural elements of the Taj Mahal such as domes, windows, doors, columns ... and draw geometric figures sheets of cork and colorful sheets of paper.

Step 3

Cut out the geometric shapes that have been made on both the cork and coloured paper. 

Step 4

Once we have the various elements of the Taj Mahal made into geometric shapes, make a symmetrical composition, either imitating the Taj Mahal or one of your own, on a large piece of white card.

Step 5

Once this has been placed symmetrically onto the card, paste all the elements using PVA glue

Extension Activity

To extend the activity, take a tour of your town or city, choose the most significant buildings and break them down into geometric shapes.