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Make a Tessellating Pattern

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We are excited to introduce our latest free resource: the "Make a Tessellating Pattern" worksheet, designed for Year 1 and Year 2 students who are diving into the captivating world of tessellation in their maths lessons. You can download this engaging and educational worksheet by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

 

What is Tessellation?

Tessellation involves covering a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, without overlaps and gaps. This concept is not only an essential part of geometry but also a common pattern seen in art, nature, and everyday life. Learning about tessellation helps students enhance their spatial awareness, pattern recognition, and critical thinking skills.

 

Why Use the "Make a Tessellating Pattern" Worksheet?

  • Hands-On Learning:

    • Engages students with a hands-on activity that makes learning about tessellation interactive and fun.

    • Encourages fine motor skill development through drawing and pattern-making.

  • Understanding Geometry:

    • Reinforces the understanding of basic geometric shapes and how they can fit together to cover a plane.

    • Helps students recognize and create repeating patterns, an essential skill in mathematics.

  • Creativity and Exploration:

    • Provides an outlet for creativity as students design their own tessellating patterns.

    • Encourages exploration and experimentation with shapes and patterns.

 

How to Use the "Make a Tessellating Pattern" Worksheet in Your Maths Lessons

  1. Preparation:

    • Download and print the "Make a Tessellating Pattern" worksheet.

    • Ensure students have access to pencils, erasers, and colouring tools such as crayons, coloured pencils, or markers.

  2. Activity Implementation:

    Introduction to Tessellation:

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

    • Explain the concept of repeating patterns and how shapes can fit together without gaps or overlaps.

    Exploring Shapes:

    • Discuss the three shapes provided in the worksheet: triangle, square, and trapezium.

    • Show students how these shapes can tessellate by fitting together in a repeating pattern.

    Creating Tessellating Patterns:

    • Students start by choosing one of the shapes: triangle, square, or trapezium.

    • Using the dots in rows and columns as guides, students create a tessellating pattern with their chosen shape.

    • Encourage students to fill the entire worksheet with their pattern, ensuring there are no gaps or overlaps.

  3. Integration with Other Lessons:

    Geometry and Shape Recognition:

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

    • Discuss the attributes of each shape and how they fit together to form tessellations.

    Pattern and Symmetry:

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

    • Encourage students to identify lines of symmetry and repeated elements within their patterns.

  4. Classroom Tips:

    Display Student Work:

    • Create a tessellation-themed bulletin board to display students' completed worksheets.

    • Celebrate the students' creativity and understanding of tessellation by showcasing their work.

    Cross-Curricular Connections:

    • Integrate the activity with art lessons, exploring the work of artists known for their tessellations.

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

 

Benefits of the "Make a Tessellating Pattern" Worksheet

  • 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.

  • Reinforces Geometric Concepts: Solidifies the understanding of basic geometric shapes and their properties.

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

The "Make a Tessellating Pattern" worksheet is a fantastic addition to your maths classroom, offering 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 as they create their own tessellating patterns.

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