Transform Your Math Classroom | World of Escher Tessellation Contest

http://www.mcescher.com/ 

Review transformations with your kids by creating a tessellation transformation dictionary. Kids will love creating the dictionary and the repetition of sliding, rotating, and reflecting the shape across the page will forever embed the distinction in your students’ minds.

World of Escher Tessellation Contest

Once your children are finished, they can choose their favorite design and submit it to the World of Escher Tessellation Contest 29. Winners will be published on the website and first place winners will receive a prize from the World of Escher online store. The last day to submit artwork is May 31, 2010.

View previous winners in the World of Escher Hall of Fame here to inspire your kids before starting the challenge. Download the contest entry form here.

Previous 1st Place Winner – One Nation by Cameron H. (Age 8)

How to Create Tessellations

SLIDE/TRANSLATION

Materials: index cards, paper, tape, scissors, coloring supplies

  1. Draw a shape on one part of the index card.
  2. Cut the shape from the card.
  3. Slide the shape to the exact opposite of the card. If you cut from the left, slide to the right. If you cut from the bottom, slide to the top, and so on.
  4. Make sure to keep the shape in the same direction it was cut and tape the shape in place.
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4  for the empty sides.
  6. Trace the shape on the paper and slide the shape to tessellate the page.
  7. Design and color.

TURN/ROTATION

  1. Draw a shape on one part of the index card.
  2. Cut the shape from the card.
  3. Rotate the shape to the adjacent side of the card. If you cut from the left, rotate to the top. If you cut from the bottom, rotate to the left, and so on.
  4. Make sure to rotate both shapes in the same direction.
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4  for the empty sides.
  6. Trace the shape on the paper and rotate the shape to tessellate the page.
  7. Design and color.

FLIP/REFLECTION

  1. Draw a shape on one part of the index card.
  2. Cut the shape from the card.
  3. Flip the shape to the opposite side of the card. If you cut from the left, flip to the top. If you cut from the bottom, flip to the left, and so on.
  4. Make sure not to rotate the shape as you flip it.
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4  for the empty sides.
  6. Trace the shape on the paper and reflect the shape to tessellate the page.
  7. Design and color.

Additional Resources

To review tessellations, or view the work of M.C. Escher, visit Totally Tessellated.

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