Transformations in Math Project Ideas

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This asset offers multiple group and individual projects designed to allow students to showcase their summative knowledge of transformations in Math. The projects engage students in creative learning and expression.

Transformations in Math Projects

Projects are designed to be summative in that they are completed after a unit on a concept and show what the student has learned about the topic. The projects offered in this asset will allow your upper middle school students to highlight their acquired knowledge on the topic of transformations in Math.

You Teach It

The best way to prove you know something is to teach the concept to someone else. This project allows students to do just that.

Materials

  • Board and/or smart board
  • Other materials optional as chosen by students

Instructions

  • Divide your class into pairs.
  • Assign each pair a specific style of transformation (rotation, translation,

or reflection).

  • Give your students a fixed time frame to develop a 10-20 minute lesson plan to teach the type of transformation assigned. Consider giving some class time for students to work on their plans.
  • Instruct your students to include:
    • Instruction on the concept
    • An activity to support concepts reviewed
    • An assessment to show knowledge gained
  • Allow class time for students to present their lesson plans to the class.
  • As there will be multiple lessons on the same topics, consider either having:
    • All lessons on each transformation type presented on the same day, or
    • One of each type of transformation presented during each class period set aside for presentations.

Artistic Expression

Transformations in Math allow for some interesting twists and turns. This project will allow your students to use mathematical transformations to create beautiful art.

Materials

  • Colored pencils
  • Grid paper

Instructions

  • Give each student access to both colored pencils and grid paper.
  • Instruct your students to decide on an original shape/image and then use a series of transformations to fill the grid paper with that same transformed design to create a work of art.
  • Encourage your students to color their work after finishing the transformations.
  • Instruct your students to keep a record of each transformation as it is added to the product.
  • The final product should include both the final work of art and a detailed, numbered list of all the transformations done to the original shape.
  • Consider allowing students to share their work with the class.

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