Transformations are on their way out as an elementary standard. Currently a mainstay of 4th grade, both the CCSS and the newly adopted Texas TEKS move transformations to the 8th grade. But for now, we still have to help our kiddos understand translations, reflections, and rotations.
Part of why this is a hard concept for students is that the words are very abstract. They are not words kids use in everyday conversations. One way to help students remember the different transformations is to connect words they are familiar with to the formal mathematical vocabulary. A reFLection is a FLip, a tranSLation is a SLide, and a roTation is a Turn.
Kiddos need lots of practice seeing different transformations and practicing the vocabulary. I made a set of flashcards that you can copy on cardstock, hole punch, and put on a O-ring. Keep them close by and flash a few cards when you have a few minutes, letting students determine the transformation shown.
Ready for a culminating activity to close out your study of transformations? Print out this multiple choice stem, give students strips of pictures to use (grab the file below), and have them make the poster shown below (it prints on 11 x 17 paper). For a fun review activity, mark each poster with a letter and hang them around the room or in the hallway. Give students a recording sheet and let them travel from poster to poster recording their answers.
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