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Learners complete a webquest on the various types of symmetry. Using a computer, they explore the concepts of transformational geometry and identify points, segments, lines and planes. They experiment with the rotation of a quadrilateral and create pinwheels.
Mathematicians utilize artwork to help illustrate the major ideas of transformations and tessellations. They visually identify transformations including reflections, rotations, and translations. They discuss how artists have used geometry in their artwork.
Students work cooperatively to create transformational works of art using furniture and recycled products in this excellent unit for an art class. The introductory activity includes a video and organization of group ideas.
Students work in cooperative groups to manipulate a figure on the computer to demonstrate different types of geometric transformations. They generate formulas that can be used to translate different figures.
Transform your class as they explore the concept of transformations. Learners practice changing figures by reflection and rotation.  They enter the coordinates into lists and transform the lists. 
Students create rotation templates from cardboard, covering sheets of paper with repeating patterns. They add details to create Escher-type pieces of artwork. They examine transformational geometry on various Web sites.
Students listen to "The Quiltmaker's Gift," and connect it to geometry. They examine tiling, architecture, and carpeting displaying tessellation art. They take photos of tessellations found in their environments and Powerpoint presentations.
Graphing paper, pencil, ruler, protractor, and compass, all get replaced or supplemented with this dynamic geometry application. Here, you can create, move, and scale many different shapes, as well as, explore and change their properties through an easy-to-use interface. 
Students explore encryption. They discuss the importance of cryptography in our daily lives. Students use games and cryptography to discover transformational geometry and modulo systems. They design their own encryption puzzles and games.
Young scholars use what they have learned to explain and apply their knowledge of tessellations in order to create a rotational transformation.
Students apply what they have learned in previous Tantalizing Tessellations lessons in order to create a glide reflection transformation. They analyze the tessellations of others and determine the shape of the original polygon.
Middle schoolers construct a three-dimensional model of a city using both similar and congruent figures and geometric transformations. City must have at least ten buildings with each building labeled and may be constructed out of paper or modeling clay. A two-dimensional representation, drawn to scale, must be included as well.
Turn your geometry learners into landscape architects with a lesson on transformed figures. Using a map of your school, flower beds need to designed which adhere to specific geometric requirements including reflections and rotations. Let your pupils show their creativity and mathematical savvy. 
Tenth graders investigate tessellations.  In this geometry lesson, 10th graders explore and create tessellations of varying degrees of difficulty and discover the conditions necessary for a tessellation to occur.  The use of technology (Cabri, Jr.) allows students an unlimited ability to experiment.
Rotate it, reflect it, and slide it! This lesson plan gives your geometers an opportunity to explore transformations in the coordinate plane. Working in small groups, learners travel to four stations with a figure you have assigned them to draw. Each station presents a set of instructions to perform specific transformations and translations on their figure. One station uses patty paper to perform the transformations, one uses graph paper, another uses MIRA boards or transparencies, and the last uses geometry software such as Geometer's Sketchpad or Geogebra. If geometry software isn't available, you can modify the lesson plan to include only three stations. After completing all stations, students discuss their results and reflect on their findings.  
Help your middle and high schoolers explore geometric terminology. In this geometry instructional activity, learners use the entire year to create an ABC Geometry book. Young scholars use a list of terms learned in class to create a page for each letter. Students use a rubric to guide their process. 
Tenth graders explore transformations. In this geometry lesson, 10th graders use tiles to create border or frieze patterns. Students identify the transformations used and identify it as an isometry or congruence transformation. Students investigate which properties are preserved with each border pattern created.
The concept of transformation is explored as students use their Ti-Nspire to transform polygons. Students translate, reflect, and rotate various polygons and construct tessellations.
Tenth graders investigate the early history of geometry. In this geometry instructional activity, 10th graders investigate translations, rotations, and reflections. They also solve problems with line of symmetry and rotational symmetry while reviewing important symmetry theorem.
In this geometry worksheet, 10th graders review geometric concept including angles, polygons, quadrilaterals, trig and circles. They take a comprehensive exam covering topics on the Regents exam. There are 32 pages in this booklet.