Tessellation Projects


There are four separate due dates. Please see the list of due dates posted in class.

Tessellation Pattern Guide


Supplies and materials needed: 2 sheets of white poster paper and markers, crayons, or colored pencils, access to a computer with tessellation software or the WWW.


Before you start:

  Be sure that you have your  information packet. If you have  lost your copy, you may download another copy here: INFORMATION PACKET


·        You are going to be doing three different tessellation projects: #1, #2, and #3

·        Each will be counted as separate grades! Do a good job.


Note: Follow the directions exactly. Your grade will be affected by your ability to follow these directions.


You will be working on 4  different tessellation projects.


Tessellation Project # 1

You will be following directions and answering questions from Our Tessellation WebQuest.  Be sure to obtain the Tessellation Project #1 sheet. You may download an extra copy here: Tessellation Project #1 (Packet)


Tessellation Project #2

You will be tracing shapes to create a tessellation. I have tessellation templates and pattern blocks that may be borrowed and traced in class, but may not be taken home. If you wish to, you may trace the needed shapes onto an index card or a piece of an old file folder (stiff paper) to create a template that may be taken home. Color your tessellations.Write a 1/2 or more page summary, comparing and contrasting your tessellation to another student's tessellation. Follow the rubric provided. You may download an extra copy of the rubric here: Tessellations Project #2 Rubric (Small Poster)

Use at least 1/4 of a sheet of white poster paper or a sheet that is 11 by 14 inches. If you do not have poster paper, you will have to use computer paper. If you use computer paper, you will need to tape together 2 sheets of paper in order for it to equal up to the size of 1/4 of a sheet of poster paper. (See the frog example at ther bottom of this web page.)



Choose a Format for Tessellation Project #3

Note: Choice 1 will earn more points than choice 3.

It's more creative!


Choice 1: Use a full sheet of white poster paper, and divide it into 4 - 8 polygon shaped regions in any way you wish, but make the regions large enough to see the full pattern of your tessellations.  The example that you see at the beginning of this handout was divided into 8 regions; you may do as few as 4 if you wish. Up to half of your regions may be filled with your unique computer software created tessellations. The others regions must be hand drawn. (See the example at the top of this webpage.)


Be creative. This means: Don't just divide your poster paper into rectangles and/or squares. (See the example at the top of this webpage.)

Title each of your tessellations. Include a title page and a table of contents. You may tape this to the back of the poster paper if you do tessellations in all of your regions or you may save one of the regions for your table of contents and titles.

Choice 2: Using white computer paper, draw one tessellation per sheet of paper.  Do 4 - 8 different tessellations. Staple them together like a book.  Include a title page and a table of contents on the front of the packet.

Details for earning points for Tessellation #3

I.  Earn 10 points by doing choice 1 in a clever manner (arrange the shapes creatively, not just as rectangles and/or squares. See the example on the top of the other side of this handout.) If you do choice 2, you won't be able to earn these points.

II. For your tessellations: Your pattern can comprise of any combination of shapes (no circles allowed).

(1)  At least one must use two or more different shapes. (15 pts)

(2)  At least one must use three or more different shapes. (15 pts)

(3)  Use different sizes of the same shape in one of your tessellations (similar shapes). (5 pts)

(4)  4 different tessellations (5 points)

(5)  5 different tessellations (10 points)

(6)  6 different tessellations (15 points)

(7)  7 different tessellations (20 points)

(8)  8 different tessellations (25 points)

III. Add color and design. (20 points) 

IV. Table of contents with a catchy/descriptive title for each tessellation. (10 points)


Bonus Points for Tessellation Project #3 - You have two choices

1.  Bonus points - create your own tessellation template, following in the footsteps of the artist, Escher. I have posters to get ideas from, and there are some ideas in your book. Up to 1/2 of your regions/pages may be your own creations. You will earn up to 5 extra points for each tessellation that you create on your own, not using my pattern pieces, up to 10 points.


2.  Bonus points - write one or more pages on the history of tessellations that includes information about the artist, Escher. Be sure to cite your sources. (You may use the Internet and or/books. Be sure that all information is given in your own words. Do not copy. Quotes may be used, but must have quotation marks to show that they or direct quotes. Possible +10 points

Project #3 Total: Possible 100 points 
Bonus Points: Possible 20 points

You may download an extra copy here: Tessellation Project #3 Rubric (Large poster or Booklet)

Tessellation Project # 1

Tessellation Project #4 is a PowerPoint presentation. You may choose to work alone or with a group of up to three students who are in your class.

You may download an extra copy here: Tessellation Project #4 Rubric (PowerPoint)

Our Tessellation WebQuest developed by Cynthia R. Parker
7th Grade Mathematics Instructor
Alice Drive Middle School
Sumter School District #17
Sumter, South Carolina
July 2004