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Collaborative Tessellating Pattern

We are thrilled to introduce an exciting and educational resource: the Collaborative Tessellating Pattern activity. This free resource is perfect for students in Grades 1 through 4 who are exploring the fascinating world of tessellation in their geometry lessons. You can download this engaging activity by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.


What is Tessellation?

Tessellation involves fitting shapes together in a repeated pattern without any gaps or overlaps.

This concept is seen in many natural and human-made designs, such as mosaics, tiled floors, and honeycombs. Learning about tessellation helps students understand patterns, spatial relationships, and symmetry.


Why Use Collaborative Tessellating Patterns in Your Classroom?

  1. Hands-On Learning:

    • Engages students in a hands-on activity that reinforces geometry concepts.

    • Encourages fine motor skill development through colouring and cutting shapes.

  2. Understanding Geometry:

    • Introduces and reinforces the concept of tessellation in a fun and interactive way.

    • Helps students recognize how shapes fit together to form patterns.

  3. Collaboration and Teamwork:

    • Promotes collaborative learning as students work together to create a large tessellating pattern.

    • Enhances communication and teamwork skills among students.

  4. Artistic Expression:

    • Provides an outlet for creativity as students colour their individual shapes.

    • Combines art and maths to create a visually appealing classroom display.


How to Use the Collaborative Tessellating Pattern Activity in Your Maths Lessons

  1. Preparation:

    • Download and print the Collaborative Tessellating Pattern resource.

    • Provide each student with a copy of the shape, which looks similar to a seal and can be repeated to form a tessellating pattern.

    • Ensure students have access to colouring tools such as crayons, coloured pencils, or markers, as well as scissors for cutting out their shapes.

  2. Activity Implementation:

    Introduction to Tessellation:

    • Begin with a brief lesson on tessellation, showing examples from nature and art.

    • Explain how tessellating patterns are created by repeating shapes without gaps or overlaps.

    Colouring and Cutting:

    • Distribute the tessellating shapes to the students.

    • Encourage students to colour their shapes creatively, making each one unique.

    • Once coloured, students carefully cut out their shapes.

    Creating the Collaborative Pattern:

    • Work together as a class to fit the individual shapes together, creating a large tessellating pattern.

    • Discuss how the shapes fit together and the overall design of the pattern.

  3. Integration with Other Lessons:

    Geometry and Shape Recognition:

    • Use the activity to reinforce lessons on shape recognition and properties.

    • Discuss the attributes of the shape used in the tessellation and how it fits with others.

    Symmetry and Repetition:

    • Highlight concepts of symmetry and repetition in the tessellating pattern.

    • Encourage students to identify lines of symmetry and repeated elements within the pattern.

  4. Classroom Tips:

    Display Student Work:

    • Create a tessellation-themed bulletin board to display the collaborative pattern.

    • Celebrate the students' creativity and teamwork by showcasing their work.

    Cross-Curricular Connections:

    • Integrate the activity with art lessons, exploring the work of artists like M.C. Escher.

    • Connect tessellation activities with science by discussing natural examples, such as the structure of crystals and honeycombs.


Benefits of the Collaborative Tessellating Pattern Activity

  • Enhances Spatial Awareness: Helps students develop an understanding of space and how shapes interact within it.

  • Promotes Creativity: Provides a creative outlet that combines art with mathematical concepts.

  • Encourages Teamwork: Fosters collaboration and teamwork as students create a large, unified pattern.

  • Supports Differentiated Learning: Suitable for a wide range of skill levels, allowing for differentiated instruction.

The Collaborative Tessellating Pattern activity is a fantastic addition to your maths classroom, providing a fun and interactive way for students to explore geometry and patterns. Download this free resource today and watch your students enjoy the blend of art and maths while creating a beautiful classroom display.

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