In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about transformations (slides, turns, and flips.) These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Slides, Turns, and Flips topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Slides, Turns, and Flips
Practice making flipped shapes together. Provide partners with paint and construction paper. Have students fold the paper in half and paint a shape one side. Close the paper on the fold line and press down. When you open the paper, you should see a flipped image on the other half of the paper. Encourage students to draw different shapes and observe the results. Also try having one partner paint a shape on half a piece of paper, and have the other partner use a pencil to draw the flipped shape on the other half. Partners can check their answers by folding the paper in half and seeing if the painted image and the drawn image match up.
Leave a Trace
Divide the class into small groups and give students pattern blocks or alphabet magnets. Have each child select a shape or letter and trace it on a piece of paper. Then have children trace a slide, turn, and flip for their objects and label each one . Have group members compare their drawings. Then have one student from each group choose an object and ask the other group members to draw a corresponding slide, turn, or flip. Afterward, the first student can move the object and trace it to show the correct answer and check the group’s work. Encourage students to help each other and discuss their choices.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Slides, Turns, and Flips
Slide, Turn, or Flip?
Use pattern blocks or cut out two identical shapes from construction paper. Put both shapes down on a table, in the same orientation. Then have your child close his or her eyes while you manipulate one of the shapes with a slide, turn, or flip. Have your child open his or her eyes and figure out how you changed the shape. See if your child can manipulate the other shape to match.
Give your child a small non-symmetrical toy or object and play “Simon Says” together. Call out slides, turns, and flips, while your child holds the object and follows the instructions. Make sure to pause and check your child’s work. Then have your child call out the directions and watch your movements with the toy.