Translation by a vector
Complete lesson on translating a shape by a vector.

> Starter - what is the word? Discuss meaning on translation.
> Several examples. Begins with instructions (eg 4 right 1 up). Then vectors moving onto more complicated vectors. You can click and drag the shapes into the right position (get students to come up to board and do it).
> Information slide for students to copy down on vectors.
> Mini whiteboard (AfL) activity. What does this vector show?/What vector would you write for these instructions?
> Activity for students to complete (green shapes are easier, then yellow then red). Same activity with full instructions as a support sheet. Full solution included.
> Extension: Using coordinates - what happens? Full solution included.
> Activity on finding the vector of translation (and its reverse)
> What do you notice? Extension: what do you notice about vectors A>B B>C and A>C
> Plenary - which of these shapes is not a translation? Spells out MATHS
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  • Extension-1---Use-coordinates-when-translating.docx
  • Find-the-vector-of-a-shape-that-has-already-been-translated.docx
  • Translation-by-a-vector.notebook
  • Translation-shapes-using-vectors---support-sheet.docx
  • Translation-shapes-using-vectors.docx

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Created: Jul 1, 2017

Updated: Apr 17, 2018


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