Back to basics

14th February 2014 at 00:00
Take shape work to the next level with these comprehensive and imaginative resources, which help students to get their heads around reflection, rotation and translation

1. Autograph origins

What is it? A video introduction to combined transformations

What users say "The puzzle at the end of the video is an excellent example of how Autograph can be used to push the more able by getting them thinking about multiple transformations."


2. Transformation time

What is it? A collection of worksheets, activities and lesson plans on the topic of transformations

What users say "Amazing resource, very helpful."


3. Shape things up

What is it? A simple worksheet that asks students to reflect colourful shapes

What users say "A beautifully presented resource. Nice and easy to edit and simplify if necessary, thanks to straightforward formatting. Very adaptable for varying levels."


4. Memory aid

What is it? A collective memory activity on transformations

What users say "So simple yet so effective. The task involves team work, the effective communication of mathematical language and is a great way for students to revise a topic."


5. D'oh easy

What is it? An engaging starter activity for a lesson on enlargement, themed around The Simpsons

What users say "Brilliant. I'm covering lessons for some rather challenging pupils who aren't given interesting lesson plans. This should give them something to think about."

bit.lyDohEasy 6 Snakes and adders

What is it? A fun way to practise translations using vectors, built around the game snakes and ladders

What users say "Absolutely great. Using with an SEN class who I know will love it."


7. Rotary club

What is it? Two Autograph activities on transformations that lead students through drawing a shape, reflection, rotation and translation

What users say "Ideal to put in a network folder that is accessible to students so they can type their answers in the boxes provided. Nice to see Autograph used imaginatively and not just for straight-line graphs."


8. Reflection box

What is it? An investigation that asks students to look at the results of reflecting a shape through two mirror lines

What users say "A rich task that encourages students to investigate what happens when you perform two successive reflections on a shape."


9. Better shape up

What is it? A comprehensive package of lessons on the four types of transformations

What users say "Wow, these are quite simply the best maths teaching resources I have ever seen online."


10. Jigsaw gyrations

What is it? A jigsaw activity that asks students to rotate shapes around centres of rotation to create a word

What users say "Have just tried this as a starter activity and the kids loved it. Most wanted to carry on with it even though they had been asked to stop."


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