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Re: [teacherartexchange] tessellations/Escher


Date: Sun Oct 02 2005 - 08:16:44 PDT

--- wrote:But my
> confusion is why this would be an appropriate
> elementary

For me when I use this with elementary kids I don't
stress comprehension of the tessellation itself. I
stress the process. That way as they progress and I
see these same kids later in high school they are
prepared to further the experience with the
comprehension part of the lesson. For my elementary
kids I have made a layout mat for them to lay their
pieces out on. It has the outlines of where their
pieces go. We use glue sticks for neatness sake and
most of them have no trouble getting the pieces where
they need to go. The tessellation done with the copy
machine won't ever be perfect. Mr. Duncan I believe
explains that in the lesson I use. The copy machine
stretches the image a bit. So therefore the kids know
ahead of time that it won't be perfect and so they
don't have to measure up to some unachievable feat. I
also provide some templates for the younger students
to trace on an outline of half a face if they don't
care to draw one. Then all they have to do is fill in
some features. I try to make the lesson fit their
comprehension and skill levels and these things I've
mentioned have worked for me.

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