I designed the math game, Shape Mods, and the accompanying Transformation Workshop
to provide students with opportunities to practice geometric
transformations. The object of the game is to transform the starting green figure
into the final red figure using anywhere from one to four transformation
blocks. The blocks include translation, rotation about the origin, and
reflection across horizontal and vertical lines as well as y = x and y =
-x. Once the blocks are in place, students can watch the
transformations play out in the order they chose.

We've
been projecting Shape Mods on the whiteboard and having our 5th and 6th
grade classes engage in spirited competitions. Each team is given a set
of pink, white, blue, and yellow discs to represent vertices. This helps
students visualize the steps before locking in an answer. Students have
also enjoyed practicing independently.

How will you use Shape Mods in your classroom?

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