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Title: Describing Rotations
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how to describe rotations of a figure. They then use an interactive Java applet to investigate the effect of rotations through different angles and on different shapes.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 5: Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. [GCO5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Describing Rotations
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how to describe rotations of a figure. They then use an interactive Java applet to investigate the effect of rotations through different angles and on different shapes. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries II: Conclusions
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students reflect on what they learned in the three previous lessons. Eight thought questions (with a link to the answers) are provided.
Standard(s): [MA2013] MI1 (912) 9: Analyze works of visual art and architecture for mathematical relationships. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries II: Conclusions
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students reflect on what they learned in the three previous lessons. Eight thought questions (with a link to the answers) are provided. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Covering the Plane with RepTiles
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In this lesson, from Illuminations, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Reptiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students experiment with various shapes and values of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Covering the Plane with RepTiles
Description: In this lesson, from Illuminations, students discover and explore a special kind of tiling of the plane. Reptiles are geometric figures such that n copies can fit together to form a larger, similar figure. Students experiment with various shapes and values of n. Spatial sense is encouraged by the need to visualize and perform transformations with the shapes involved. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8
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Title: Describing Reflections
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how reflections work and what happens when two or more reflections are applied one after the other. They use interactive Java applets to examine the reflection of a point and how to describe reflections.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 6: Use geometric descriptions of rigid motions to transform figures and to predict the effect of a given rigid motion on a given figure; given two figures, use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to decide if they are congruent. [GCO6]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Describing Reflections
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students learn how reflections work and what happens when two or more reflections are applied one after the other. They use interactive Java applets to examine the reflection of a point and how to describe reflections. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Polygons
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This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features line drawings of several polygons including squares, triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 3: Given a rectangle, parallelogram, trapezoid, or regular polygon, describe the rotations and reflections that carry it onto itself. [GCO3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Polygons
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, features line drawings of several polygons including squares, triangles, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Symmetries I
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In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, investigate rotational symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make their own designs.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 14: Verify experimentally the properties of dilations given by a center and a scale factor. [GSRT1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries I
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, investigate rotational symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of rotations and have an opportunity to make their own designs. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries II
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In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 16: Use the properties of similarity transformations to establish the angleangle (AA) criterion for two triangles to be similar. [GSRT3]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries II
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students use Java applets to investigate reflection, mirror, or bilateral symmetry. They learn about the mathematical properties of mirror symmetry and have a chance to create designs with mirror symmetry. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries III
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This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand how translations work and what happens when two or more translations are applied one after the other. Students discover that all band ornaments have translational symmetry and all wallpaper patterns have translational symmetry in at least two directions.
Standard(s): [MA2013] MI1 (912) 9: Analyze works of visual art and architecture for mathematical relationships. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries III
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand how translations work and what happens when two or more translations are applied one after the other. Students discover that all band ornaments have translational symmetry and all wallpaper patterns have translational symmetry in at least two directions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Symmetries IV
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This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand and identify glide reflections. With the help of a Java applet, students construct glide reflections using a translation and a reflection. Students then identify glide reflections from groups of band ornaments and wallpaper patterns.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Symmetries IV
Description: This lesson, from Illuminations, helps students to understand and identify glide reflections. With the help of a Java applet, students construct glide reflections using a translation and a reflection. Students then identify glide reflections from groups of band ornaments and wallpaper patterns. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Recognizing Transformations
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This lesson introduces students to the world of symmetry and rotation in figures and patterns. Students learn how to recognize and classify symmetry in decorative figures and frieze patterns, and get the chance to create and classify their own figures and patterns using JavaSketchpad applets.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 5: Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. [GCO5]
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Recognizing Transformations
Description: This lesson introduces students to the world of symmetry and rotation in figures and patterns. Students learn how to recognize and classify symmetry in decorative figures and frieze patterns, and get the chance to create and classify their own figures and patterns using JavaSketchpad applets. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Classifying Transformations
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Students will identify and classify reflections and symmetries in figures and patterns. They will also have the opportunity to create frieze patterns from each of the seven classes using the supplemental online activities.
Standard(s): [MA2013] ALC (912) 9: Analyze aesthetics of physical models for line symmetry, rotational symmetry, or the golden ratio. (Alabama)
Subject: Arts,Mathematics Title: Classifying Transformations
Description: Students will identify and classify reflections and symmetries in figures and patterns. They will also have the opportunity to create frieze patterns from each of the seven classes using the supplemental online activities. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Pinwheel
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In this Illuminations lesson, students create parallelograms from square sheets of paper and connect them to form an octagon. During the construction, students consider angle measures, segment lengths, and areas in terms of the original square. At the end of the lesson, the octagon is transformed into a pinwheel, and students discover a surprising result. There is also a link to a related activity sheet.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics Title: Pinwheel
Description: In this Illuminations lesson, students create parallelograms from square sheets of paper and connect them to form an octagon. During the construction, students consider angle measures, segment lengths, and areas in terms of the original square. At the end of the lesson, the octagon is transformed into a pinwheel, and students discover a surprising result. There is also a link to a related activity sheet. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Geometric Quilts
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This podcast is intended to accompany the lesson "Geometric Quilts." It is intended to be shown to the class between the design and creation segments of the project. Students will get tips to putting their quilt together properly and will get to see other students' completed quilts. Students will also see some quilts that were not properly constructed in hopes that they will not make the same mistakes. Standard(s):
[MA2013] GEO (912) 34: Determine areas and perimeters of regular polygons, including inscribed or circumscribed polygons, given the coordinates of vertices or other characteristics. (Alabama)
Geometric Quilts Overview: This podcast is intended to accompany the lesson "Geometric Quilts." It is intended to be shown to the class between the design and creation segments of the project. Students will get tips to putting their quilt together properly and will get to see other students' completed quilts. Students will also see some quilts that were not properly constructed in hopes that they will not make the same mistakes.
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations
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The interactive figures in this fourpart example from Illuminations allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Visualizing Transformations
Description: The interactive figures in this fourpart example from Illuminations allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards of School Mathematics (PSSM). The eexamples are part of the electronic version of the PSSM document. Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Shape Cutter
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore how they can decompose shapes and recompose them to make other shapes. Students draw and cut shapes, and also use slides, turns, and flips to move the cut pieces around.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 5: Given a geometric figure and a rotation, reflection, or translation, draw the transformed figure using, e.g., graph paper, tracing paper, or geometry software. Specify a sequence of transformations that will carry a given figure onto another. [GCO5]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Shape Cutter
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows students to explore how they can decompose shapes and recompose them to make other shapes. Students draw and cut shapes, and also use slides, turns, and flips to move the cut pieces around. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: K,PreK,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Cyclic Figures
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Students will recognize rotation symmetry in figures and examining various rotation symmetries.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 6: Use geometric descriptions of rigid motions to transform figures and to predict the effect of a given rigid motion on a given figure; given two figures, use the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions to decide if they are congruent. [GCO6]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Cyclic Figures
Description: Students will recognize rotation symmetry in figures and examining various rotation symmetries. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Dihedral Figures
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Students will recognize dihedral symmetry and reflections in figures and examining various symmetries.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 15: Given two figures, use the definition of similarity in terms of similarity transformations to decide if they are similar; explain using similarity transformations the meaning of similarity for triangles as the equality of all corresponding pairs of angles and the proportionality of all corresponding pairs of sides. [GSRT2]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Dihedral Figures
Description: Students will recognize dihedral symmetry and reflections in figures and examining various symmetries. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Square Graphs
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This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to view six different graphs. Each graph plots one characteristic of the square along the horizontal axis and another along the vertical axis. Students then determine which two characteristics are used to make each graph.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 14: Verify experimentally the properties of dilations given by a center and a scale factor. [GSRT1]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Square Graphs
Description: This student interactive, from an Illuminations lesson, allows students to view six different graphs. Each graph plots one characteristic of the square along the horizontal axis and another along the vertical axis. Students then determine which two characteristics are used to make each graph. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Identifying Unknown Transformations
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Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Identifying Unknown Transformations
Description: Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Reflections
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This is part three of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Reflections, users can examine the result of reflecting a shape successively through two different lines. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Reflections
Description: This is part three of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Reflections, users can examine the result of reflecting a shape successively through two different lines. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8
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Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Transformations
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This is part four of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Transformations, the users are challenged to compose equivalent transformations in two different ways. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations.
Standard(s): [MA2013] GEO (912) 12: Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods such as compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, and dynamic geometric software. Constructions include copying a segment; copying an angle; bisecting a segment; bisecting an angle; constructing perpendicular lines, including the perpendicular bisector of a line segment; and constructing a line parallel to a given line through a point not on the line. [GCO12]
Subject: Mathematics Title: Understanding Congruence, Similarity, and Symmetry Using Transformations and Interactive Figures: Composing Transformations
Description: This is part four of a fourpart eexample from Illuminations that features interactive figures that allow a user to manipulate a shape and observe its behavior under a particular transformation or composition of transformations. In this part, Composing Transformations, the users are challenged to compose equivalent transformations in two different ways. eMath Investigations are selected eexamples from the electronic version of the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (PSSM). Given their interactive nature and focused discussion tied to the PSSM document, the eexamples are natural companions to the iMath Investigations. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 6,7,8

