Help students learn transformation rules through this engaging activity that requires higher level thinking. Students use the transformation rules to create an underwater theme on graph paper. Don't like the Little Mermaid? Change the directions to have students create a Halloween theme, zoo theme, etc. The steps for completion remain the same. I've tried several different themes and all work great! Students will demonstrate their understanding of translations, rotations, reflections and dilations. As students build their "worlds" they have to really think about where they place their pre image and what rule they apply because they might end up with a second image of whale floating upside down in the air (just sayin'). You will be amazed at the "light bulbs" that go off in their heads as they really begin to conceptualize the whole process. This moves beyond just rote rehearsal.
1. Carefully line up two pieces of graph paper, tape together so lines match up, photocopy and enlarge to fit onto 11 x 17 paper. I gave each student a sheet of 11 x 17 graph paper and projects came out beautifully. Students had plenty of room to create their transformations with room left to write their arrow notation. Nothing looked crammed together.
2. Assign project with a final due date; however, assign "mini" due dates for each type of transformation to be completed. Check these "mini" assignments during a quick homework check. You will a.) force students to get started and not wait until the last minute, resulting in better quality projects and b.) be able to pinpoint mistakes early in the process and provide earlier feedback.
I hope you enjoy your students' work as much as I enjoyed mine. Please provide feedback and share your experiences or ideas for modifications.