Initial Dilation Project for Similar Figures

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This is a great hands-on project for students to complete when learning about similarity or dilations. The tasks are easy to understand and explain to students.

In general, students will graph their first initial (or all initials) on a sheet of graph paper. I have students focus on one initial, especially if they are struggling with graphing. I also provided graph paper for my students that I printed from Then they will list all of the vertices of their original initial and dilate them by a scale factor of 0.5. They will then use their new dilated points to create a similar figure (smaller initial). Lastly, they can connect corresponding vertices to create a 3D effect (this is optional), and color their creation.

Students can be as creative as you want them to be with this activity! I love the versatility of giving students a task with some choice. The finished products would be great decorations for your classroom or hallway!

A small rubric is also included for scoring purposes, but it can easily be edited to fit your grading scale.

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