Aboriginal Perspectives



Jessica Wesaquate


Shape and Space (Transformations)

Grade Level:




Students will perform, analyze, and create transformations.

General Outcome:

Describe, orally, the relative position of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes.

Specific Outcomes:

  1. Describe the relative position of 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, using such words as near, far, left, right.

  2. Match size and shape of figures by superimposing one of top of the other.

  3. Explore and describe reflections in a mirror.


Activity 1: Tim Haywahe still image: “tying to the poles”

Activity 2: Samples of birch bark bitings in paper form and in transparencies

Activity 3: Birch bark biting samples (cut in halves)



  1. Show students Tim Haywahe still image “tying to the poles.” Have students name the one object in the picture that is near to Tim on his left. What object is far from him on his right?

    Have students “spy” the different shapes they can find in this image.

  2. Lay out several samples of birch bark bitings printed on white paper. Using birch bark bitings created into transparencies have students match the paper versions with the transparencies. Make sure you have mixed up the order of the piles.

    Students should be able to tell you how they know they match and how they checked.

  3. Using mirrors or Perspex mirrors and birch bark biting samples (cut in half), have students explore the idea of symmetry. Before they put the samples up to the mirror, give them a minute or two to make predictions with a peer on what they think they will see in the mirror. Once they have created their predictions, give them some time to test their predictions.