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Backwards Writing: Reflections and Symmetry

Why is "ambulance" written backwards on emergency vehicles? Young geometers apply principles of symmetry to translate words written backwards. See if your school or district subscribes to Jobland, where you can view a clip that explains why. Better yet, make a poster with the word on it and have children pretend they're drivers looking in a rear-view mirror. To extend, have learners draw their names backwards: write in chalk on paper, fold and rub to see the mirror image for guidance.

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Resource Details

Grade
2nd - 4th
Subjects
21st Century Skills
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
45 mins
Instructional Strategies
Inquiry-Based Learning
2 more...
Technology
Ed Software
Year
2006
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