Op art project! I absolutely love how these came out. They looked great last year too, but much better this year.
From there, I have packets which lay out step-by-step instructions for how to create various op art illusions. We go through these as a class together, but the students keep the packets as reference. After we go over how to do the designs as a class, we practice individually and students begin planning out how they can combine different designs into one. Op art lends itself well to differentiation because some students make some very complex designs and others just follow directions. Some students struggle with even finding the half inch mark on a ruler.
I did these last year as well, and there were a lot that turned out well, but teaching this unit a 2nd time… this year’s products are MUCH better! I’ll post another picture once they are all displayed.
The timing of this unit worked out really well too, because our state testing is this week and next week (albeit delayed by the snow). This was a good way to introduce/remind students how to use rulers, compasses, and protractors, which they will need to use on the MSA.