Tiled Hex Tessellation, folded by Danilo
Originally uploaded by EricGjerde.
In math class last week we explored tessellations. A tessellation is an arrangement of repeated, closed shapes that cover a surface so no shapes overlap and no gaps exist between shapes (we even wrote a song about it - ask your child to sing it to you!).
For homework, the kids were asked to look for 'real-world' examples of tessellating patterns. Here are a few they came up with:
kitchen cabinets/kitchen windows
wood floors/tile floors
pattern on tablecloth
pattern on couch
patio tile pattern
grillwork on fireplace
pattern on blanket
Nice work, 5th graders! Next week we'll be doing a cool project where you will learn how to make interesting pieces of art using tessellations of ordinary (regular) polygons. For a sneak peek, check out this link on M.C. Escher - http://www.mcescher.com