Tuesday Teacher Tips: Slide It! Flip It! Turn It!

Welcome to the Tuesday Teacher Tips series! Each week we’ll highlight teaching and learning resources, ideas to use in the classroom, as well as things to ponder as you go about your teaching day.

Rotations (turns), reflections (flips), and translations (slides) are concepts we’ve been recently working on in math. I’ve been searching for online resources that will reinforce these concepts, and thought I’d share what I found.

NCTM Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math, has a lesson called Tangram Puzzles that has students practicing slides, flips, and turns with an internet-based tool. Students can manipulate and explore with the tangram pieces.

Icy Slides, Flips, and Turns by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt School Publishers is a online quiz that demonstrates different shapes moving on an icy pond. Students have to decide if the action is a slide, flip, or turn by clicking on the appropriate term. This would be a great math starter to get the class engaged and reinforce math vocabulary.

I found a game to practice slides, flips, and turns on the Utah Education Network. Download the game boards and playing pieces, and you’ll be set to go. There’s also an assessment worksheet to use with the class when you’re finished with the unit.

Mathwire.com, Standards-Based Math Activities, has a lesson called Freedom Quilts. It asks students to recreate the Flying Geese quilt pattern using a single quilt square.

What are resources do you use to teach and reinforce these concepts? Email and let us know. We’d to hear about them!