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Lesson Plans

Re: Tesselations

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Thu, 2 Jul 1998 21:48:56 EDT

Yolanda, I have done Tesselations that use a 3" square as a starter. I first
discuss M.C. Escher and show his Tesselations. Let them see how he changed the
subject from the one side to the other side.

I give a handout with 3 or 4 3" squares drawn on it (to save measuring time).
The kids have to cut one side off in a shape and move it to the opposite side
without turning or flipping it. The straight sides will fit together. Then
they need to do the same with the other sides. Let's see if I can illustrate

______A_______Cut a simple shape out of side A. Move it down to side B and
l l tape it on so that the flat edges go together. This will put
l l the unusual cut edge outside the square. Do not flip the
C l l D cut pieces. Bring them to the opposite sides just like
l l you cut them off and tape them together.
Do the same l l for sides C & D.
______________ Now the hard part comes.Try to imagine what the shape
B looks like...a fish, animal? Draw it
on the shape using
it as the outside contour. I have them trace the
onto tag board as a pattern. Then they start to trace it in the center of a
paper that has a 1" border. The next step is to trace the consecutive ones
around it. If done correctly, they should all fit together like puzzle pieces.
Ours were colored in with markers and colored pencil. The whole space inside
the border should be filled with the shapes.

The reason why I gave the handout with the squares drawn on it was because it
can take as many as 10 to 12 tries to finally "see" a subject in it. It can
be a very challenging project for visual imagery.

Hope I've helped.