Transformations Foldable

It all started with this pin:

I have been obsessively thinking about this foldable for 2 full weeks. I need to make this with my class. I usually hate teaching transformations, but now I am looking forward to it? Weird

Anyway, I needed to make a printable version of this. Why? Because foldables still take my 8th graders at least 30 minutes to complete. No one has scissors. No one knows how to use scissors. No one knows how to fold. Sweet Justin Beiber, bless those teachers that have their kids trained to make foldables using nothing but a blank sheet of notebook paper. I dream of being you in another life. I searched and searched for the original source of this pin, but I couldn’t find it. PLEASE let me know if you have the original link. The last thing I would want to do is take credit for something I didn’t create.

Okay…so I am terrible at taking pictures. I promise I used my favorite Astrobrights paper! Yes I did make this myself. I created the file last night and I cannot wait until next week when school resumes, so I made my own example for the old blog. I mean to show my class when we do it. Yea. Either one.

Anyone else hoard color paper? Hopefully not just me, because I squeezed as many shapes as possible on each sheet.Okay, I totally just realized that I wrote “rotates” instead of “rotation”. Oops.

Okay, I totally just realized that I wrote "rotates" instead of "rotation". Oops.

Attach the pentagon with a paperclip. Slide the pentagon to show a translation.

Attach the right triangle with a piece of tape to show a reflection.

Attach the hexagon with a brad to show rotations.

Attach both squares with tape to show dilations (enlargement and reduction)

Do you love it?! Can you pretend you love it, because I LOVE it so much! Click on the image below to download the 7 page PDF.



46 responses to “Transformations Foldable

  1. Love it! I can change it up a little but for my third graders!

  2. Love this and so did my 7th grade students!

  3. I saw this on your blog and I totally made a version for my students today to use later this week! I am super excited about it.

  4. It’s okay for me to say that yours is way cuter than the original, right??? Love the bright colors you used! I am also a color paper hoarder, especially with the hot pinks and greens. Totally love it, especially the addition of dilations!! Also, I frequently type up our foldables and even cut them out myself ahead of time just to save the 20 minutes of the kids figuring out how to fold, then cut, then copy, etc. 🙂

  5. Hi – I’ve been stalking your pinterest page and stealing everything for the past 15 min. Just thought I’d stop by and say THANKS!!!!!

  6. OOooooo! I do love it! Can’t wait to use this next year!

  7. In my 4th grade class, we do the “Electric Translation” – also known as the Electric Slide from wedding receptions! We say “translate” when we slide, “rotate” when we turn and we throw in a few palm front/back (think “Single Ladies” video) for reflect. Kids love it! I plan on using your chart as a more quiet activity after the dancing!

  8. That is wonderful!! (I hope I can remember this in the future when my son needs it.)

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  10. I’m going to teach this JUST so I can make this foldable! It is amazing – like all of your other ones! In fact, since I discovered you, I have become quite obsessed with making them. 🙂

  11. This is awesome…I saw the one on pinterest but yours is fabulous! I would like that original file to be able to change it up just a bit for fourth grade. Thank you!

  12. Thank you so much!!!! I’m new to 8th grade next year and you have some AWESOME ideas!!! Moving up from elementary… 🙂 SO EXCITED!

  13. I’m a special ed teacher and I co-teach an 8th grade math class and I love, LOVE, LOVE this! I am passing it along to the math teacher. We just finished a reflectation/rotation lesson creating hubcaps (from the Connected Math2 program) which was a lot of fun. I’m going to see what else I can steal from you 🙂

  14. I LOVE this!! I teach 2nd grade, and we actually teach the concepts of translation, rotation, and reflexation. I’d really like the original so I can make this, but take off dilation, which I don’t teach. Thank you!

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  16. YOU ARE SO CRAFTY AND AMAZING! I am blown away by your creativity! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas! What software do you use to make these files? And how do you get such unique fonts? Thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  17. Is there a way I could get the soft copy of this awesome book? I love it, but would love to edit it for my grade level!

  18. Hi Kate!! As usual, your creativity is AWESOME!! I, also, would love to get a copy of this to edit. We don’t teach dilation in 4th grade….but I learned something new! 🙂 Thank you for all your hard work that benefits my classroom all the time!

  19. This is amazing. Thank you!

  20. THis is awesome I’ve been looking for a week for somthing like this to help my 8th graders get a better understanding can I get a copy to edit if possble thanks.

  21. Awesome!! Thank you soooo much!! Love it!! I would love a copy too,

  22. I love this foldable! I need to make some slight changes for my 5th graders. Can i please get a copy to edit?

  23. This is amazing!! Glad I’m not the only one who has 8th graders that take FOREVER when I don’t print out the foldable template before hand. You rock!

  24. I really like your notebook ideas! I was unable to download the Transformations Foldables. Could you please email me the original? Thank you!

  25. Could I get an orginal copy?

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  27. Jennifer Henderson

    I love this! Thanks so much for the idea. I am going to take the square dilation a little further. I plan to fold a larger square into a smaller one and glue it in, then the students can open the square, thus making it dilate. I too hoard bright paper and plan to use it here!

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  29. Tabitha Covington

    This is awesome! I would love to modify it for my 4th graders that I am student teaching! Would you mind emailing it to me at Thanks!

  30. Found this on Pinterest. I’m using it on Wednesday in 3 of my classes. This rocks.

  31. I would really love to get the original copy. My fourth graders don’t do dilations, but I am so excited to pull out that bright paper and (yep, I have a stash too) put it to good use! Thanks!!! This was really awesome!

  32. wow! this is amazing – I’d love to get the original copy so I can modify it for my 4th graders would you mind emailing it to
    thanks so much:)

  33. This is great. Thanks for sharing. I would love the original file to make some changes to fit my group. You Rock 🙂

  34. Audra D. Lundy-Barber

    This is great. May I have a copy of the original file. Please email to Keep having fun teaching and learning. Be blessed.

  35. Thank you for posting the PDF!! Definitely using this with my 8th graders this year!!!

  36. Thank you!
    I loved it!

  37. You just made my day! I’ve been dreading teaching this to my seventh graders! You rock.

  38. THANK YOU! Perfect for my class today! Could you please send the original file to Keep up the great work! And yes, I often cut out a lot of my foldables for my students, too.

  39. This is awesomesauce! Could you please send me the editable template to Thanks in advance!

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