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
UPDATE (09/22/13): I've added a template that may be better for younger students. The pieces come already together and students could cut them apart as the first step. The precision for cutting the original template is very high because of the dilations of the pattern over the years, but are still a great resource so I left them too! THANKS!