Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Terrific Tessellations

As a culminating project for our Shapes and Designs unit, Students worked in small groups of 2-4 to create a catalog of tessellations for a fictional flooring business.  Each student in a group was responsible for creating 2 tessellations for their group's catalog, as well as mathematical explanations as to why their shape or combination of shapes would tile a surface, accompanied by visual representations.  Click here to see the assignment sheet and grading rubric!

Here are some catalog covers....(Note some of the clever company names)

Below are some excerpts from various catalogs, including full page designs and explanations for why/how shapes create a tessellation. For a closer look, click on the picture.

As you can see, some students went into great detail in explaining their tessellations, including ways of finding angle sums, individual angle measures, and how/why they will tessellate.

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