- Easier - A
tessellation is created when a shape is repeated
over and over again. All the figures fit onto a
flat surface exactly together without any gaps or
- Harder - A
tessellation is a repeating pattern composed of
interlocking shapes (usually polygons) that can be
extended infinitely. The tiling for a regular (or
periodic) tessellation is done with one repeated
congruent regular polygon covering a plane in a
repeating pattern without any openings or overlaps.
Remember 'regular' means the sides of the polygon are
all the same length, and 'congruent' means that the
polygons fitted together are all the same size and
shape. A semi-regular (or non-periodic) tessellation
is formed by a regular arrangement of polygons,
identically arranged at every vertex point.
Tessellated (A ThinkQuest Project)
- Website gives a comprehensive introduction to
tessellations, explaining the basic mathematics
underlying tessellations, as well as allowing you
to browse through many examples of tessellations in
real life. Note: The gallery section contains an
unmoderated student forum.
Tutorials (A Math Forum Web Unit by Suzanne
- This site explains what they are, the math
concepts involved, the historical and religious
connection, and provides tutorials and templates
for making your own tessellations. Also provides
numerous links to related resources.
- Contains an brief, clear and concise
introductory definition along with an animated
- What are tessellations?
- Find Tessellations in the
World. After exploring the Tessellation
Tutorial and Tessellation
sites, find tessellated shapes in everyday
life. You might start by looking for
patterns in man-made materials, artwork,
architecture, and the like. What about
near-tessallations, designs and patterns
that do not perfectly match the
definitions? Take photographs of your
findings and put together a display of the
results. Can you identify the time period
in which they were created? Did you find
some tessellations in nature? There are
some (honeycomb). For some examples of
man-made tessellations, look in the
gallary section at Totally
- Construct Your Own
Tesselations. Make your own
tessellations. You can follow instructions
found at Tessellation
Tutorials and Creat
Tesselations using ClarisWorks.
Decorate your creations by adding
attractive colors and design shapes. Show
your completed tessellations.
- Compare and Judge
Tessellations. Find and look at many
tessellations. You can find lots of
examples at the websites below. Remember
to check some of the linked sites also.
Pick and choose the best or your favorite
design. Print out and display your
choice(s). Explain why you like and chose
the tessellation as being best.
- Make a Tessellation Quilt
Block. Design and construct a quilt
block that uses a tessellated pattern.
Display the finished work.
Tesselations Using ClarisWorks
- Create computer-generated tesselations using
-Step by Step
- Contains instructions for creating tessellating
art using Paintbrush or Paint software on
- Allows you to generate a new tessellating shape
starting from a rectangle, triangle or
to Create a Tessellation
- A simple how to on creating tessellations.
- Learn more about the life and work of M.C.
Escher, a Dutch graphic artist, recognized for
spatial illusions, impossible buildings, repeating
geometric patterns (tessellations), and his
incredible techniques in woodcutting and
- Another Escher site:
- Explore the world of tessellations.
- Samples of student work.
Tessellations Grade 5
- Mainly for teachers; a series of lesson plans
- Investigating tessellations using pattern
blocks links to activities using pattern blocks in
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