Classroom Activity
with Translations
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This activity is a fast and simple way to illustrate translations for students.  If your classroom has a traditional seating arrangement (rows and columns of seats), the students themselves can become the objects to be translated. 

  • Develop ahead of time a pattern that will allow each student to "translate" himself/herself to a new seat in the classroom.   

  • Place the translation directions on 3x5 cards.

  • Ask the students to sit in their seats facing forward.  They should study their present body position (hand position, placement of feet, etc.).

  • Hand out the translation cards.

  • Ask students to move to their new positions under the given translation.

Many different translation patterns are possible.  Here is an example of one translation for a classroom of 30 students:

 

F R O N T  of  R O O M

1 desk right
2 desks back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

4 left
5 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

4 left
3 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

4 left
1 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

1 right
2 back

4 left
1 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

4 left
3 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

1 right
4 forward

4 left
5 forward

 

This activity works equally well with reflections.  Draw a line down the center of the classroom and ask the students to "reflect" themselves across the line.

Suggestion:  If you want to actually "draw" a line of reflection on the classroom floor, avoid using masking tape.  It can become difficult to remove from the floor once students have walked on it.  Colored electrical tape works nicely.