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Tessellations Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to information about Tessellations (also spelled Tesselations). Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Beautiful Bugs
This downloadable file is a lesson for grades K-1. It is designed to help reinforce the concept of symmetry and develop observation and visualization skills by providing an opportunity to create symmetric shapes and bugs.

Classification of Patterns
Four secondary math teachers wrote these grade 7-10 materials during a summer workshop. Included are a teacher's guide and resources, prerequisites and materials, and a student lesson. The materials focus on transformation, rotation, reflection, glide and symmetry.

Gallery of Interactive Geometry
Ten pieces of software are available to use on-line. These applications work with a mathematical formula that draws a graphic representation. Most of the drawings will be based on a tessellation or tiled design.

Geometry in Art - Tesselations
From a summer geometry class, this student illustrates the sequence of instruction for tesselation by using basic geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, triangles and hexagons, then begins to enhance basic tesselations with colour and graphics. Some of the illustrations were done using Tessel Mania software.

Graphics Activity - Tesselations Using Clarisworks
A culminating activity for secondary students after studying polygons. This activity has students create several tesselations using different methods and provides numerous student examples.

Introduction to Wallpaper Patterns
This introduction investigates plane patterns whose symmetries are translations, glide reflections, and rotations.

Investigating Patterns: Symmetry and Tessellations
Jill Britton of Camosun College in Victoria has developed a meta-list of over 50 sites on the web which provide student activities dealing with symmetry and tessellations. These are organized into about 30 learning activities and are correlated to a middle school math text.

M. C. Escher: Artist or Mathematician?
A 1997 ThinkQuest entry which explores Escher's life and work. Several pages on this site show examples of Escher's tesselated sketches. Click on one of the sketchs to see the finished work using the type of symmetry illustrated and an explanation.

M. C. Escher: Mathematics and Visual Arts
After studying examples of tiling encountered in everyday life, middle grade students examine the works of M. C. Escher in order to learn more about tiling from the perspective of mathematics and visual arts. This Math Central lesson is available on-line or in PDF format.

Tantalizing Tessellations
This intermediate level unit consists of 9 lesson plans and was written by three university education students at the University of Regina. This Math Central lesson is available on line or in PDF format.

Tessellation Project
A lesson plan to teach students about tessellations patterns. The plan includes 5 designs with evaluation criteria outlined.

Karen explains the rules that govern regular tessellations and provides examples of what fits and what does not fit. She also illustrates examples of semi-regular tessellations and ones that go on for ever.

Tessellation Resources
Professor Doris Schattschneider from Moravian College maintains two pages of on-line resources for those interested in learning more about tessellations. The first page is a list of resources mostly available in hard copy. The second page has listings of downloadable software for creating tessellations. Some software is cross platform and some is platform specific.

Tessellation Tutorials
A unit of instruction that explores teaching elements of tessellation through several different conceptual and software approaches. The lessons use templates from Hypercard, Hyperstudio, Clarisworks, Logowriter and ruler with a compass.

Totally Tessellated
A 1998 Think Quest winner, this site offers a comprehensive introduction to tessellations. Read through their history, learn about the basic underlying mathematics, explore advanced topics, or browse through many examples in real life.

World of Escher's Tessellation Contest
Students can compete with other students from all over the world in this site's Tessellation Contest. Previous contest winners are displayed in their archives.

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