Radial Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

Teach students about radial design with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what radial design is and how it works, then analyze examples and do a fun hands-on project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'radial design'
  • explain how radial design works
  • analyze examples of radial design


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Radial Design: Definition & Examples, one for each student
  • Examples of radial design for warm-up
  • Examples of radial design, one for each partner pair
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Rulers
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Canvas, as needed

Key Vocabulary

  • Radial design
  • Focal point
  • Symmetrical
  • Asymmetrical

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Share a few images that demonstrate radial design with students, asking them to notice what these pieces have in common.
  • If students aren't able to identify radial design concepts, give them a clue by telling them to think of a clock, wheel and daisy, then allow students to identify the central point in the examples.
  • Tell students this is called radial design and allow students to share prior knowledge, then preview vocabulary.

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