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This sequence of lessons explores student understanding of reflections, rotations and translations. Students can work collaboratively to determine the combination of shapes which can undergo transformation. Students then carry out their own reflections, translations and rotations. Downloadable templates, worksheets and a PowerPoint presentation are provided for teachers to use.

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Year level(s) Year 6, Year 7
Audience Teacher, Student
Purpose Assessment task, Content knowledge, Student task, Teaching resource, Teaching strategies
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Collaborative learning, Differentiated teaching, Explicit teaching, Feedback, Growth mindset, Structuring lessons, Worked examples
Keywords Cartesian plane, coordinates, reflection, rotation, translation, symmetry, combined transformation, positve scale factor, negative scale factor, mapping object

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections English, ICT general capability, Critical and creative thinking, Numeracy
Strand and focus Geometry, Apply understanding, Build understanding
Topics Angles and geometric reasoning, Location, Shapes and objects, Transformation
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMMG142 Investigate combinations of translations, reflections and rotations, with and without the use of digital technologies
ACMMG181 Describe translations, reflections in an axis and rotations of multiples of 90° on the Cartesian plane using coordinates. Identify line and rotational symmetries
National numeracy learning progression Understanding geometric properties - UGP6

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