Mother's Day Plotting and Reflection Activity

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8th Grade Math Teacher
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6th - 8th
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Are there Mother's Day activities for middle schoolers? There is now! And no handprints necessary! This simple activity can be used to practice geometric reflections and celebrate moms! There are 2 options for students to reflect points or segments across the y-axis to create a heart with "mom" written in it. Students can give them to their mothers from Mother's Day.


Print the coordinate grid with the segments already included. Students then reflect the segments over the y-axis to complete the picture.


Print the table of points for students to plot. They plot them on the blank coordinate grid and reflect the points over the y-axis, connecting them as they go, to complete the picture.

This activity is perfect for 6th or 8th grade as it has students reflecting points or line segments on a 4-quadrant plane! They will practice plotting points as well as examining the effects on the coordinates.

Students can color and decorate the heart and write a note to give to their mother for Mother's Day. There are even a couple suggested math puns they can include. This is a quick way to do something for Mother's Day while still practicing grade-level concepts.

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3 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:
Lines are taken to lines, and line segments to line segments of the same length.
Understand that a two-dimensional figure is congruent to another if the second can be obtained from the first by a sequence of rotations, reflections, and translations; given two congruent figures, describe a sequence that exhibits the congruence between them.
Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants of the coordinate plane; recognize that when two ordered pairs differ only by signs, the locations of the points are related by reflections across one or both axes.


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