I begin this assessment day lesson with a quick Do Now to get students thinking about the equations of lines and their use in transformations in the plane.
The homework assignment (Practice with Transformations) was a collection of multiple-choice questions from previous Statewide assessments. For review, I call on students to give their answer to each question. If everyone agrees, we move onto the next question; if anyone disagrees, we take the time to discuss that question.
The most difficult question on the assignment is typically Number 25. The answer choices include a reflection across y=-x and a rotation of -90 degrees. We have come across negative angles occasionally in this unit, especially when the students were making up their own compositions, but this is another chance to discuss this concept.
This is a simple matching activity to review and build confidence before the assessment. Students, working in pairs, match the preimage to the image, given a composition of transformations. I make both plain paper and graph paper available to the students for this activity, so they have choices with regard to how they find their solutions.
I run the Composition, Matching Cards materials off using different colored paper. I cut them out ahead of time, rather than using class time, and I mix the colors, so that every student-pair's cards contain the preimage and composition in one color and the image in a different color. (See the Photo of Composition Cards.) I also hand out an answer sheet, on which the students record their answers.
When all the pairs finish discussion (MP3), the matching of cards, and the recording of their answers, we go over the answers as a group.
I spend the last five minutes of this class tying up any loose ends. I let the students know when I am available for any extra help, and ask for suggestions from the students as to how they might go about preparing for the test.