For years, I’ve taught students how to create tessellations using Geometer’s Sketchpad. Here at The School at Columbia University, the faculty actively seeks to design multi-disciplinary units. In 6th grade, students spend the first trimester studying Mecca, through the lens of Social Studies, English, Music, Math, and Art. The grade also visits the Islamic Cultural Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One of my favorite activities is to collaborate with the Math and Art teachers; We have the students build tessellations in Math class and then recreate their designs in paper or clay in the Art Studio.
Up until now, I’ve been using the same lesson plan that I found online over a decade ago (!), but it has since been moved or removed. Luckily, I found a collection of Tessellation Activities adapted from Exploring Geometry with The Geometer’s Sketchpadpublished by Key Curriculum Press. See the PDF by downloading here: