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2D Shape Activities {Face to Face And Distance Learning!}

Check out our 2D Shape Activities for teaching your students about the features of two dimensional shapes. Try shape matching activities, sorting worksheets, clip cards, jigsaws and more if you want fun and engaging resources for your Maths Centres.

 

Teaching 2D Shapes By Year Level

The concept of shape is taught in all year levels from Kindergarten to Year 6.

So what do you teach your students in your particular year level?

To help you keep on track with student understanding, assessment & reporting needs here’s a continuum of learning for teaching 2D Shapes from Kindergarten to Year 6. based on the Australian Curriculum (This is a guide so check your School’s curriculum to nake sure you’re covering the correct content)

Click each arrow to see the details:

Investigate the effect of one-step slides and flips with and without digital technologies (ACMMG044)

  • Understand that objects can be moved but changing position does not alter an object’s size or features

Achievement Standard -‘C’ Grade – Satisfactory

  • Students explain the effects of one-step transformations

Key Teaching Points For Year 2:

  • Identify slides
  • Identify flips
  • Identify turns  
  • Flip or slide transformations do not change size, and shape or features of objects
  • Slide transformations can be done in any direction but without turning the shape
  • Flip transformations is performed around a mirror line, which may or may not be drawn in.
  • In some Flip or Slide transformations, the shape stays the same
  • Mirror symmetry and Line symmetry are not the same

Identify symmetry in the environment (ACMMG066)

  • identify symmetry in Aboriginal rock carvings or art
  • identify symmetry in the natural and built environment

Achievement Standard -‘C’ Grade – Satisfactory

  • Students identify symmetry in the environment

Key Teaching Points For Year 3:

  • Identify lines of symmetry in artwork
  • Identify lines symmetry in man-made environments
  • Identify lines symmetry in natural environments
  • Identify more than one line of symmetry where appropriate
  • Identify no lines of symmetry in shapes or say they are asymmetrical
  • Use folding and cutting & or pattern blocks etc. as a means to determine reflectional symmetry
  •  Use transparent mirrors to identify symmetry

Create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies(ACMMG091)

  • Use stimulus materials such as the motifs in Central Asian textiles, Tibetan artefacts, Indian lotus designs and symmetry in Yolngu or Central and Western Desert art

Achievement Standard -‘C’ Grade – Satisfactory

  • Students create symmetrical shapes and patterns

Key Teaching Points For Year 4:

  • Identify & create lines of symmetry in artwork
  • Identify & create lines symmetry in man-made environments
  • Identify & create lines symmetry in natural environments
  • Identify & create shapes and patterns with one or more line of symmetry where appropriate
  • Identify no lines of symmetry in shapes or say they are asymmetrical
  • Use folding and cutting & or pattern blocks etc. as a means to create symmetrical patterns
  •  Use transparent mirrors to create symmetry

Describe translations, reflections and rotations of two dimensional shapes. Identify line and rotational symmetries (ACMMG114)

  • Identify and describe the line and rotational symmetry of a range of two-dimensional shapes, by manually cutting, folding and turning shapes and by using digital technologies
  • Identify the effects of transformations by manually flipping, sliding and turning two-dimensional shapes and by using digital technologies

Apply the enlargement transformation to familiar two dimensional shapes and explore the properties of the resulting image compared with the original (ACMMG115)

  • Use digital technologies to enlarge shapes
  • Use a grid system to enlarge a favourite image or cartoon

Achievement Standard -‘C’ Grade – Satisfactory

  • Students describe transformations of two-dimensional shapes and identify line and rotational symmetry

Key Teaching Points For Year 5:

  • Translate, reflect & rotate 2D shapes
  • Identify line symmetry
  • Identify rotational symmetry
  •  Size & shape of a shape does not change after it has been translated
  • Symmetry can be man-made and found in nature, art, design and cultural art works
  • There is an infinite number of degrees of turn that can be produced in a rotation
  • A 360° turn takes the shape back to where it started
  • A 180° turn results in an upside-down image
  • 90° clockwise and 90° anti-clockwise create very different results

Investigate combinations of translations, reflections and rotations, with and without the use of digital technologies (ACMMG142)

  • Design a school or brand logo using transformation of one or more shapes
  • Understand that translations, rotations and reflections can change the position and orientation but not shape or size

Achievement Standard -‘C’ Grade – Satisfactory

  • Students describe combinations of transformations

Key Teaching Points For Year 6:

  • Translates, reflects & rotates shapes
  • Combines translations
  • Identifies combined transformations
  • Understands tessellation
  • Size, shape & features of a shape do not change when it is translated, reflected or rotated
  • Translations can be done in any direction, but without rotating the shape or object
  • Tessellations are created on the basis of transformations
  • Reflections are performed on a mirror line
  • Rotations are performed on a point
  • Transparent mirrors can be used for identifying line symmetry, but not rotational symmetry

Click the images below for 2D Shape Printables, Puzzles, Worksheets, Printables and Digital Resources…

2D Shape Printables
2D and 3D Shapes Games {Remote Learning}
Fun 2d Shapes Puzzles For Teaching Features Of Shapes
Transforming 2D Shapes {Flip, Slide, Turn Geometry}
Shapes Activities {2D & 3D Math Resources}

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