I wanted to spice up my Celtic Knot project that I've done several years in a row, because so far it just hasn't met my expectations. Previously, I'd had the kiddos use their initials to make illuminated letters with Celtic imagery (which I'd photocopied from my Dover books and passed out in resource folders). Most students just didn't really puzzle out how to draw the overlapping knots. So I thought I'd make it easier by having them draw the knots with a Zentangle pattern. Here are the steps for the pattern:
Original link here: Tangle Patterns
So I showed them that step-by-step on the Elmo. I expected a train wreck. I told them this was an experiment, and I was going to see how they did before we even worried about turning this into a project or anything. I expected tears, and crumpled papers flying across the room, hitting me in the head. But, y'all....They did it! They got the pattern in one or two tries. Even the more challenged kids picked it up and were very satisfied to see that it worked for them!
Then I started showing them my work in progress. I told them I was going to have them draw 1/4 of a Celtic knot, and "cheat" to make the pattern transfer onto the other parts of the paper. I haven't tried this with the kiddos yet, so I'll keep you updated on how that goes. This would work even better if you are willing to let the kiddos use charcoal pencils to outline their knots as they are transferring.
But here's what I did for my example:
I think I'll make another fancier one as I go along, but I think the above example works well as an illustration. Our state's standardized test has evidently got symmetry on it, and the kids aren't scoring so well with that. In that case, I can actually help! I've been stressing symmetry with all the grade levels this year.