TESSELLATIONS

MATH
Create original art with geometric shapes that when combined with one another create beautiful artistic patterns.

HISTORY
Graphic artist M. C. Escher and mathematician Sir Roger Penrose brought attention to the concept of tessellations. Discuss other uses for this patterned type of art for example it was used in Ancient Rome and in Islamic art commonly seen in decorative geometric tiling.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Discuss words to describe tessellations, for example, triangles, squares and hexagons. Identify and demonstrate the meaning of the words rotation, reflection and duplication using tessellations.

SCIENCE
Talk about how tessellations are found in nature, for example the honeycomb. Look carefully at the patterns found in scales of snake skins, or patterns on the outside of a pineapple. Create nature tessellations and develop a guessing game to see who can identify where they might be found in nature.

EXTENSION
Use building blocks to create
3- D tessellation sculpture pieces. Create buttons and stickers and jewelry using colorful beads to create unique repeating patterns.

Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Tessellations

Ideas for ART INFUSED Cross Curriculum Lesson Plans

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