Letters are the shapes that we are most familiar with. We draw them and play with them far more than any other shapes. We recognise them for their properties often, not just the most familiar spatial arrangement which means we can recognise lots of different ways of writing an “a” and even recognise it if it’s written backwards.
This week’s challenge gets us exploring what happens when we reflect or rotate letters to help us search for symmetrical words (words that are reflected or rotated to produce the same word) or what we are calling transforming words (words that reflect or rotate to produce a different word). Download the pdf here.
Challenge On Boarding – Words are made of…
You might like to start by analysing the component parts of all the letters…
Challenge On Boarding – Which way should we reflect?
… then experiment by actually reflecting and rotating words.
Challenge On Boarding – What are palindromes?
Palindromes are quite a nice diversion and related idea to this challenge…
… and on to the challenges
Challenge 1 – Sort the alphabet
You can use a Carroll Diagram or any other way to start exploring individual letters and their transformative properties
Challenge 2 – Experiment with made-up words
Next, try making up words to see how things change when letters are put together
Challenge 3 – Find real words that can transform
And now, search your vocabulary for possible words that could transform and still make a word. This helps your English as well as your maths and of course there’s no need to stop with just English words (or Latin script for that matter)
Download or share all of these challenges with this pdf and let us know how you got on with it by tweeting using #momentofmaths and start to see Every moment is a #momentofmaths