MATHEMATICS - WRITING - ART
Tessellations are shapes which fitted together leave no unfilled spaces. We see this all around us in mosaics, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, Escher designs, building materials, and so on.
This interdisciplinary unit uses tessellations as a springboard for a week-long activity that integrates writing, mathematical investigation, art and technology. I use this in middle school, but it could easily be adapted for younger or older students.
I have used this in many ways to review topics, create displays for team units, "Back-to-School" introductions, and my favorite - "Year in Review". My most memorable topics included a tribute to 9-11 victims or illustrations of the Holocaust and WWII.
This activity can be adapted to absolutely ANY subject and makes for a great "get to know me" activity at the beginning of the school year (Think - Goals, dreams, favorite things, best friends, worst & best subjects, and the list goes on).
The LESSON PLANS include:
* Detailed instructions for math/art activities with pictures and examples
* Writing and reflection activities
* Bulletin board ideas
* Links to pictures, videos, tessellation software and WEB QUEST
* Lesson extensions
* Common Core Standards in math
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I've been teaching mathematics, international studies, and media design since 1998 in an urban district located in the southeast region of the USA. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as an electrical engineer for several years.