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Tesselate Decorate

Students use a range of shapes, or combinations of shapes, to make tessellations to decorate the living room in a house.

Teacher notes

  • Students choose a part of the living room to decorate and select a tessellation to make.
  • Students copy the pattern by moving tiles onto a work space without creating overlaps or leaving gaps, and then select a colour scheme.
  • After designing three tessellations, students observe their completed designs in the living room. The patterns expand automatically to fill a large space, allowing students to see the continuous multi-directional nature of tessellations.
  • Students can create their own designs in the play space.
  • The properties of tessellations are demonstrated by providing models of different tessellations of the same shape, or combinations of shapes.
  • A print option that captures students' experiments in the play space is included.

Learning objects

Tesselate decorate picture.

Tessellate decorate: rectangles
Students select one of four tessellations made from rectangles and copy it to decorate different parts of a living room.

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Tessellate decorate: squares

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Tessellate decorate: triangles

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Tessellate decorate: rhombi

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Tessellate decorate: trapesiums

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Tessellate decorate: hexagons and triangles

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Tessellate decorate: three shapes

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Tessellate decorate: right angle triangles