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Rotations Hands on Introductory Discovery Activity Rigid Transformations Unit

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  1. Have your students discover the effects of translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates with these 3 introductory activities! Students will perform the rigid transformations and record the coordinates. They will then be asked to notice what happens to the coo
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This is an engaging, hands-on way to introduce students to geometric rotations during your Rigid Transformations unit! Students will physically turn a coordinate plane using a "rotations mat" and then record the new coordinates of a figure using an activity sheet with tables. They will use what they record to determine the effects the transformation has on the coordinates of the vertices.

Students will only be asked to rotate:

  • 90 degrees clockwise
  • 90 degrees counterclockwise
  • 180 degrees

Once they determine the effects, they can draw a new figure and test their hypothesis.

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4 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates.
Verify experimentally the properties of rotations, reflections, and translations:


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