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Students will identify and use shapes to make a tessellation.
Overview of the Lesson
Through the use of a variety of modalities such as literature, music, writing, and art,
students are introduced to the concept of tessellations. While taking a class walk
around the school grounds and neighboring community, students identify real-life
examples of tessellations and photograph them. Using the photographs, they later
write a class big book, Tessellation Walk , and sing amusing tessellation songs with
the teacher. Students then work in small groups as they explore tessellations
through a variety of engaging and motivating activities organized into classroom
centers. Centers include activities that require students to create their own
tessellations with paper. Then with compressed sponge paper, students soak the
sponges in water and make tessellations on the sidewalk. Sponges and paint
provide a medium for students to make large tessellations on chart paper which
will later be used for the cover of their newly written big book. Students are also
given opportunities to create tessellations on the computer.