Teacher guide reSolve: Transformations - Frieze patterns

TLF ID M021072

This sequence of three lessons explores transformation and symmetry by engaging students in the design of friezes. Students are introduced to simple friezes, how reflections, rotations and translations are combined to create design elements, explore real frieze examples from furnishings in Parliament House and tyres, then invited to design their own frieze. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, supporting PowerPoint presentations, discussion points and student resources. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Maths by Inquiry program.

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  • This resource is valuable for the year 5 mathematics Content Description about translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes including lines of symmetry. Students explore transformations of simple shapes and identify lines of symmetry to learn about the design of friezes, and then create their own frieze.
  • This resource also offers opportunities to link to the Numeracy General capability, as students engage in multiple activities applying spatial reasoning.
  • The design and practical application of frieze designs provides a opportunity to integrate this resource into a design and technology unit on product design.
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