**Learning Targets:**

- I can describe some characteristics of a scaled copy.
- I can tell whether or not a figure is a scaled copy of another figure.

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Illustrative Math

Grade 7

Let’s explore scaled copies.

Illustrative Math Unit 7.1, Lesson 1 (printable worksheets)

The following diagram describes some characteristics of a scaled copy and how to tell whether or not a figure is a scaled copy of another figure.

Here is a portrait of a student. Move the slider under each image, A–E, to see it change.

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- Which images are most like the original? Which are least like the original? Explain your reasoning.
- Some of the sliders make scaled copies of the original portrait. Which of the Portraits A–E do you think are scaled copies? Explain your reasoning.
- What do you think “scaled copy” means?

On the top left is the original drawing of the letter F. There are also several other drawings.

- Identify all the drawings that are scaled copies of the original letter F drawing. Explain how you know.
- Examine all the scaled copies more closely, specifically, the lengths of each part of the letter F. How do they compare to the original? What do you notice?
- On the grid, draw a different scaled copy of the original letter F.

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Your teacher will give you a set of cards that have polygons drawn on a grid. Mix up the cards and place them all face up.

- Take turns with your partner to match a pair of polygons that are scaled copies of one another. a. For each match you find, explain to your partner how you know it’s a match. b. For each match your partner finds, listen carefully to their explanation, and if you disagree, explain your thinking.
- When you agree on all of the matches, check your answers with the answer key. If there are any errors, discuss why and revise your matches.
- Select one pair of polygons to examine further. Use the grid below to produce both polygons. Explain or show how you know that one polygon is a scaled copy of the other.

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Is it possible to draw a polygon that is a scaled copy of both Polygon A and Polygon B? Either draw such a polygon, or explain how you know this is impossible.

- Is it possible to draw a polygon that is a scaled copy of both Polygon A and Polygon B? Either draw such a polygon, or explain how you know this is impossible.
- Tyler says that Figure B is a scaled copy of Figure A because all of the peaks are half as tall.

Do you agree with Tyler? Explain your reasoning. - Here is a picture of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.

Here are some copies of the picture. Select all the pictures that are scaled copies of the original picture. - Complete each equation with a number that makes it true.

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