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Math Grade 8: Explore Transformations and Symmetry

For Teachers 8th Standards
Block letters can help with your understanding of geometry. Learners create three-letter words using letters that have either rotational or line symmetry. They write the words on a grid and apply rotations, reflections, and translations.
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The Shape of Things

For Students K - 12th Standards
Investigate the attributes of polygons. A thorough set of lessons presents problem scenarios for elementary through high school classes. The first lessons focus on basic characteristics of polygons, including the line of symmetry. As the...
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Transformations

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
The coordinate plane is a popular place! Identify rotations, reflections, and dilations on the coordinate plane. Pupils work in small groups to match transformations of a figure with the description of the transformation. They perform...
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Mixed Transformations

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Viewers learn how to identify and perform a variety of transformations with a video that provides seven items on transformations. Pupils demonstrate their understanding of dilations, reflections, rotations, and translations. The video...
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Translations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce translations as transformations that move figures in horizontal and vertical distances with a video that shows how to translate the figures. A second video covers how to determine the translation that has occurred. Pupils work...
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Enlargements

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Make enlargements with and without centers. Pupils work through seven problems dealing with dilations or enlargements. The first couple items are strict enlargements without centers, while the others have centers. Class members also...
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Reflections

For Students 9th - 11th Standards
Tracing paper is not just for art anymore — pupils can use it to find reflected images, too! Two videos show how to reflect images using tracing paper and find the reflection between the pre-image and image. Learners perform reflections...
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Rotation

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Two videos show first how to perform a rotation, given the center, the angle, and the direction of rotations. Individuals then see how to find what the rotation is from one figure to another. Pupils practice doing both in seven problems...
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End-of-Module Assessment Task - Grade 8 Mathematics (Module 3)

For Students 8th Standards
Everything the class knows about similarity in one small package. The last portion of a 16-part series is a three-question assessment. In it, pupils demonstrate their application of similar figures and their associated transformations. 
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Dilations on the Coordinate Plane

For Teachers 8th Standards
Dilations from the origin have a multiplicative effect on the coordinates of a point. Pupils use the method of finding the image of a point on a ray after a dilation to find a short cut. Classmates determine the short cut of being able...
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First Consequences of FTS

For Teachers 8th Standards
Challenge the young mathematicians to find the exact coordinates of a dilated point. The fifth segment in a 16-part series introduces the class to the converse of the Fundamental Theorem of Similarity. Scholars use the theorem to find...
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Examples of Dilations

For Teachers 8th Standards
Does it matter how many points to dilate? The resource presents problems of dilating curved figures. Class members find out that not only do they need to dilate several points but the points need to be distributed about the entire curve...
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Properties of Dilations

For Teachers 8th Standards
Investigate dilations to learn more about them. The second segment in a series of 16 provides a discussion of properties of dilations by going through examples. The problem set provides opportunities for scholars to construct dilations.
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Mid-Module Assessment Task: Grade 8 Module 3

For Students 8th Standards
How well does the class understand dilations? The three-part assessment presents problems related to the properties of dilations. Pupils perform dilations and determine whether a dilation is responsible for a specific image.
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Informal Proofs of Properties of Dilations

For Teachers 8th Standards
Challenge the class to prove that the dilation properties always hold. The lesson develops an informal proof of the properties of dilations through a discussion. Two of the proofs are verified with each class member performing the...
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Fundamental Theorem of Similarity (FTS)

For Teachers 8th Standards
How do dilated line segments relate? Lead the class in an activity to determine the relationship between line segments and their dilated images. In the fourth section in a unit of 16, pupils discover the dilated line segments are...
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What Lies Behind “Same Shape”?

For Teachers 8th Standards
Develop a more precise definition of similar. The lesson plan begins with an informal definition of similar figures and develops the need to be more precise. The class learns about dilations and uses that knowledge to arrive at a...
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Aaron's Designs

For Teachers 8th Standards
Working with transformations allows the class to take a turn for the better. The short assessment has class members perform transformations on the coordinate plane. The translations, reflections, and rotations create pattern designs on...
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Pointzero: Confined

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Groups plan their escape carefully. Three three-tiered puzzles help a story character escape their situation, each involving integer sequences, transformations, and geometric constructions. The teacher resource includes slides and...
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Transformation Golf Activity

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Play a game of golf while practicing transformations. The activity uses an online game that requires pupils to describe transformations that move a golf ball to the location of the hole. The goal is to find the smallest number of...
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Investigating Transformations Using Coordinates

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Use transformations to coordinate the coordinates! After graphing a transformation, class members examine the patterns in the coordinates. They repeat the process for each type of transformation and end by generalizing their conclusions....
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Reflections

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Reflections are the geometric mirror. Pupils explore this concept as they discover the properties of reflections. They focus on the coordinates of the reflections and look for patterns. This is the third lesson in a seven-part series.
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Representing and Combining Transformations

For Teachers 8th Standards
Transform your learners into master geometers with an activity that asks them to first complete an assessment task drawing the result after transformation of a given shape in the coordinate plane. They then use cards to represent...
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Aaron's Designs

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Learners first create designs for greeting cards by applying transformations of shapes on a coordinate plane, and then determine a sequence of transformations that produces a given design.