A Transformation's Adventure with Patty Paper: Exploring Translations, Reflections and Rotations

Patty paper isn't just for separating meat. The lesson uses an inexpensive way to experiment with rigid transformations. Pupils use patty paper to create images after a translation, reflection, and rotation. Given a formative assessment, scholars identify pairs of figures as transformations, rotations, or reflections.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use different colors to draw the image
  • Show the class that the patty paper transformations arrive at the same image as a technology solution would
Classroom Considerations
  • Individuals need access to patty paper or tracing paper
  • Includes a PowerPoint to organize the lesson
  • Contains rubrics for formative assessment scoring
  • Uses a low-tech method
  • None
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