When it comes to my Transformations unit in Geometry, I have a mini-project that I like to use.
First, I show different company logos in class and we talk about the different transformations we see in the logos. It’s easy to find a couple examples of reflections, rotations, and translations.
For the project, I have students find different logos as examples of each of the types of transformations we have learned in class. I had my students copy and paste the logo into powerpoint. Students could also cut and paste the logo from a magazine or newspaper. Then the students list the type of transformation illustrated, along with an explanation. I give students lots of latitude about how they present their information in the powerpoint, but it could be more structured.
This student chose to put the logos and explain them all on the same slide. I required students to draw the lines of symmetry on the logo. I also required students to draw the line of reflection on the logo.
This student made a slide for each logo. Not all of the examples shown got full credit, but they give a good idea of what the projects I received looked like.
This student also made a slide for each logo. You will notice that many students chose the same logos.
For the second part of the project, I have students design their own logo using some of the transformation properties learned in class.
If you’re interested in the rubric I used, you can find it here. Feel free to edit and make it work for your classes! I made this project the same weight as a quiz grade.