If you’ve listened to any of the podcasts I’ve been on, or heard me speak at a conference or webinar, or read my blog, then you know I love to have students write and create in my math classroom. One project that I particularly love is the Transformation Comic activity. This year, I wanted to step it up a notch and make the transformations more visible, so I had the students turn their comic into a stop motion video. I posted about making stop motion videos on my Infinitely Teaching blog using Tall Tweets. For this project I used Screencastify and had my students manually move their comic book characters around.
When I surveyed my students at the end of the project, their favorite parts were using Bitmoji (which was optional), writing the story, and many said the LOVED making the movie. One student said that making the movie helped her understand the transformation better. YAY! We used part of a class period for students to share their videos. They were very proud. So was I!
Here are a few of the movies and their original comics.
Comic 1 Comic 2 Comic 3 Comic4 Comic 5
Movie 1 Movie 2 Movie 3 Movie 4 Movie 5
I would love for you to share on Twitter if you do this activity with your students!
What do you do at the end of the year when students have already turned in their laptops? Tessellations.
This was a great review of transformations and students were able to show their creativity. We learned how to make tessellations that translate, rotate, and reflect and then students could choose which 2 of the 3 they wanted to make pictures with. I loved the A-HA moments when students created their tessellation realizing that the transformation used to create the template was the same transformation they were trying to make.
I created some stop motion animations to help make each type of tessellation.
Some were simple, some were fancy. All of them were very fun.
Keeping students involved and excited about math at the end of the year with finals and impending summer break is very important. I want students to love math more when they leave my classroom than when they entered. I don’t want to lose them at the end.
Triangle congruence is coming up soon. I’ve always done some kind of activity where students construct triangles and discover which ones are congruent. One activity is Road Kill Cafe shared with me by @craigklement. I’m not sure where it originally came from, sorry. Below is another construction activity we have done very similar to Road Kill Cafe.
Some of my students get so bogged down in the construction of the triangles, they miss the whole point of the activity. So this year, I wanted a visual to show them. I started my search in Google and stumbled upon this gem. I do plan to use it, but AFTER we have discovered which theorems produce congruent triangles. What I didn’t find was a good set of videos to demonstrate the construction of these triangles. So… I decided to make them. Using Google Slides, I created some stop motion “videos” to demonstrate these constructions. Click over to my other blog, Infinitely Teaching, to check out a tutorial on how to make them.
Hopefully students can see the relationship with these and not get caught up in the construction process.