Transformations Project Real World Architecture & Design

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This project was the best! Everything you need for it, is in this resource! My students enjoyed this project a lot!
I gave this to two of my more advanced students that really needed a challenge. They were totally into it and made a lovely blueprint. I think they might have caught the design bug! Thank you!
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Using Transformations as an Architect is a project based learning (PBL) lesson designed to get students engaged in a real world collaborative activity.

This activity is designed for a group project. It will take about 2-3 class periods to complete. You will need large tracing paper and graph paper for this activity. Students work as teams to design an apartment and then use transformations to create an entire floor of apartments.

Here's what's included in the download:

  • PowerPoint to guide the activity
  • PDF of instructions, handouts, helpful tips, and rubrics - 10 pages
  • Editable Word document of instructions
  • Sample Floor Plans

The main objective is to use translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations successfully in a real world application. Students will also get valuable practice calculating areas, working cooperatively, and being creative.

Extras provided in download:

  • Higher Order Thinking Discussion Questions
  • Evaluation Rubrics
  • Graph Paper
  • Link to Quick Video showing how to draw a floor plan using transformations

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"My students loved this! Really helped them understand transformations while exhibiting their creativity!"

"I am currently student teaching and always looking for fun activities for my geometry kids. They loved this activity and each one of them was very engaged. It was nice to see them collaborating and taking ownership of their own learning."

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"Thank you for this! I teach math at a PBL STEAM school and this is the perfect PBL activity for transformations. It incorporates the standards with art and creativity. Love it!"

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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.
Angles are taken to angles of the same measure.
Parallel lines are taken to parallel lines.
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.


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