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Strand: GEOMETRY (8.G)

Understand congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software (Standards 8.G.1-5). Understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem and its converse (Standards 8.G.6-8). Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres (Standard 8.G.9).

Standard 8.G.3

Observe that orientation of the plane is preserved in rotations and translations, but not with reflections. Describe the effect of dilations, translations, rotations, and reflections on two-dimensional figures using coordinates.

  • 3D Transmographer
    This lesson contains an applet that allows students to explore translations, reflections, and rotations.
  • A Scaled Curve
    The goal of this task is to motivate and prepare students for the formal definition of dilations and similarity transformations. While these notions are typically applied to triangles and quadrilaterals, having students engage with the concepts in a context where they don't have as much training (these more "random" curves) lead students to focus more on the properties of the transformations than the properties of the figure.
  • Chapter 9 - Mathematical Foundation (UMSMP)
    This is Chapter 9 of the Utah Middle School Math: Grade 8 textbook. It provides a Mathematical Foundation for Transformations, Congruence and Similarity.
  • Chapter 9 - Student Workbook (UMSMP)
    This is Chapter 9 of the Utah Middle School Math: Grade 8 student workbook. It focuses on these topics: Transformations, Congruence and Similarity.
  • Effects of Dilations on Length, Area, and Angles
    The purpose of this task is for students to study the impact of dilations on different measurements: segment lengths, area, and angle measure.
  • Escaramuza: Coordinates, Reflection, Rotation
    A real-life equestrian event known as Escaramuza is used to demonstrate how to draw a two-dimensional diagram and then represent it on a coordinate plane. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Geometry (8.G) - 8th Grade Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for Mathematics Grade 8 Geometry.
  • Grade 8 Math Module 3: Similarity (EngageNY)
    In 8th grade Module 3, students learn about dilation and similarity and apply that knowledge to a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem based on the Angle-Angle criterion for similar triangles. The module begins with the definition of dilation, properties of dilations, and compositions of dilations. One overarching goal of this module is to replace the common idea of same shape, different sizes with a definition of similarity that can be applied to geometric shapes that are not polygons, such as ellipses and circles.
  • Grade 8 Unit 1: Transformations, Congruence, and Similarity (Georgia Standards)
    In this unit students will develop the concept of transformations and the effects that each type of transformation has on an object; explore the relationship between the original figure and its image in regards to their corresponding parts being moved an equal distance which leads to concept of congruence of figures; learn to describe transformations with both words and numbers; relate rigid motions to the concept of symmetry and to use them to prove congruence or similarity of two figures; physically manipulate figures to discover properties of similar and congruent figures; and focus on the sum of the angles of a triangle and use it to find the measures of angles formed by transversals (especially with parallel lines), find the measures of exterior angles of triangles, and to informally prove congruence.
  • Is this a rectangle?
    The goal of this task is to provide an opportunity for students to apply a wide range of ideas from geometry and algebra in order to show that a given quadrilateral is a rectangle.
  • Partitioning a Hexagon
    The purpose of this task is for students to find a way to decompose a regular hexagon into congruent figures. This is meant as an instructional task that gives students some practice working with transformations.
  • Point Reflection
    The purpose of this task is for students to apply a reflection to a single point.
  • Reflecting a rectangle over a diagonal
    The goal of this task is to give students experience applying and reasoning about reflections of geometric figures using their growing understanding of the properties of rigid motions.
  • Reflecting reflections
    The goal of this task is to give students an opportunity to experiment with reflections of triangles on a coordinate grid.
  • Reflection
    In this animated video from UEN (Utah Education Network) students learn about one type of movement for geometric shapes - reflection. In the accompanying activity students demonstrate understanding by creating a geometric figure on a plane and then reflecting it into another quadrant. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Rotation
    In this animated Math Shorts video from the Utah Education Network, learn about rotation, which describes how a geometric shape turns around a point, called the center of rotation. In the accompanying classroom activity, students are given two rotations from a handout and work in pairs to try to determine whether one figure is a rotation of the other figure around the given point. Note: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Same Size, Same Shape?
    The purpose of the task is to help students transition from the informal notion of congruence as "same size, same shape" that they learn in elementary school and begin to develop a definition of congruence in terms of rigid transformations.
  • Translations, Reflections, and Rotations
    Students are introduced to the concepts of translation, reflection and rotation in this lesson plan.
  • Triangle congruence with coordinates
    This task gives students a chance to explore several issues relating to rigid motions of the plane and triangle congruence.

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