Slides, Turns, and Flips

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Introduce the concept of transformations with our Slides, Turns and Flips Lesson Plan.  With the interactive manipulation of cut-outs to demonstrate slides, turns and flips, students will be able to define the terms; identify a figure that has been slid, flipped, or turned; and slide, turn, or flip a figure accurately. Encourage confidence development as students share their transformations with the group.  Generalize understanding with identification of practical, real-world objects that slide, turn or flip.

Slides, Turns, and Flips Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Slides, Turns, and Flips.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on defining slide, turn, and flip, identifying figures, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the concept of transformations with our Slides, Turns and Flips Lesson Plan.  With the interactive manipulation of cut-outs to demonstrate slides, turns and flips, students will be able to define the terms; identify a figure that has been slid, flipped, or turned; and slide, turn, or flip a figure accurately. Encourage confidence development as students share their transformations with the group.  Generalize understanding with identification of practical, real-world objects that slide, turn or flip.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Students stand next to their desks or on the perimeter of the classroom. (Try not to use the word slide, turn, or flip.) Ask students to “move” left to right and forward and backward. Ask students to “move” or spin in a circle staying in one place. Ask students if they could stand on their heads. (Depending on space, this may or may not be done by the students.)
  2. Next, ask students if there were differences in the way they moved their bodies.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to define in their own words what it means to: slide, turn, or flip. Ask for examples.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce “Transformations” and slides, flips, and turns.
  5. Distribute Slides, Turns, and Flips content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute supplies. Allow students sufficient time to manipulate the cut-outs to demonstrate slides, turns, and flips. Students should be encouraged to try each formation several times to distinguish the difference between each. Circulate through the room to check for understanding. Once completed, the students will glue the pieces onto the construction paper showing slides, turns, and flips. Allow each pair of students to share at least one of the transformations.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  9. In closing, ask: Can you name different things that slide, turn, or flip?
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: None

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Math