In Classroom Resources, Location, Measurement and Geometry, Shape

The first activity is used to see if students have any misconceptions regarding the use of different shape transformation terms. Unless stated, we turn shapes clockwise and flip shapes left to right.


  • Identify and describe shape transformations
  • Create a pattern made using shape transformations
  • Copy a pattern made using shape transformations
  • Continue a pattern made using shape transformations
  • Explain possible variation in results
  • Create a unique shape and use this to create a design
  • Recognise and describe symmetry in patterns and objects


Curriculum Connections – Victorian Curriculum F-10 – Measurement & Geometry
Year 3 – Location & Transformation
  • Identify symmetry in the environment (VCMMG144)
  • Identify and describe slides and turns found in the natural and built environment (VCMMG145)


Year 4 – Location & Transformation
  • Create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies (VCMMG173)


Year 5 – Location & Transformation
  • Describe translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes. Identify line and rotational symmetries (VCMMG200)


At the end of this lesson students should be able to answer the following questions
  • Can you describe and model a flip, slide and turn?
  • What is the difference between clockwise and anticlockwise?
  • How else can we describe shape turns? Can we use degrees or clock terms?
  • Why might there be variation in results?
  • How can we make our descriptions more accurate?
  • What is symmetry? Where do we see it? How can we describe it?


For more information, please download the attached lesson plan.

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