Friday, 1 March 2013

Translation, Reflection, and Rotation

As a follow up to learning about symmetry, we looked at a very similar and much related concept of translation, reflection, and rotation.  Afterall, there are three basic types of symmetry: horizontal, vertical, and rotational.

The concept is easily shown by taking a half-photo of anything.  In our case, I have Tiger trace out three copies of the half-photo of a lion.

Then place the traced images next to the original half-photos to show the three concepts.  We also did a short quiz to make sure Tiger has understood the concept.

We played a simple game of writing in different ways using a mirror, testing out the concepts we just learnt.

The final application of the concept was more complicated, as Tiger was tasked to apply all that he has learnt to copy the original design from one quadrant to three other quadrants.  That took a bit more time.

The ideas for the lessons come from the following books:

After the book lessons, Tiger hopped onto the computer and tried his hands at the following games:
  1. Putting Two and Two Together
  2. Nine-pin Triangles
  3. Transformation Tease 

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1) Hearts for Home Blog Hop #6
2) Homeschool Mother's Journal: March 1, 2013
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4) Collage Friday - Sharks, Titanic, and Handel
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7) Creative Learning Link Up #4
8) Weekly Wrap-Up: The Strangely Bittersweet One
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10) The Sunday Showcase - 3/2/13
11) Math Monday Blog Hop #89
12) Hip Homeschool Hop - 3/5/13
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It is featured on Look What We Did! 10 Great Resources: Math, Science, History, and Art.


  1. I really enjoy the ease with which hands on maths is seamlessly added to your studies. My guys would love to learn maths this way (which they do occasionally) but I don't feel I have the time to do it justice. Hopefully when B2 is a little older, we'll be able to do more!!

  2. What an interesting and sophisticated subject!

  3. So cool! My son was online doing IXL math the other day and was really into the symmetry section. Will have to try a few of these ideas with him...

  4. We tried transferring images to other quadrants and it is really difficult. He did a great job.

  5. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comments, ladies. :-)

  6. Ooh that looks like something my 9yr old daughter would love. And I might have to get that Math Art book. Thank you for sharing! Lucinda

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Lucinda. :-)

  8. Thanks for linking up to Look What We Did. I have featured this post and I look forward to seeing what you will share in April.


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