Tessellations Project

Mrs. Sulik's Fifth Grade Math Class

M. C. Escher was a Dutch artist who lived from 1898 - 1971. Many of his drawings were tessellations. Instead of using the usual polygons, like triangles and squares to tessellate, he liked to create pictures of horses, fish, salamanders, and birds that he could tessellate.

In this lesson, each student selected a basic pattern. They first tessellated the pattern to fill a complete 8.5" X 11" page. Then they were asked to see if they could create a design of an animal or object.

The results of this year's Escher-like drawing are displayed on this Web page. It never ceases to amaze me how each group of students stretches their imagination a little more than the classes of previous years.
_____________________________________Carol Sulik, Math Teacher, Fairland Elementary School

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This page is maintained by Mary O'Haver, Fairland Elementary School, and Prof. Thomas O'Haver, University of Maryland. Comments, suggestions and questions should be directed to Mary O'Haver at mohaver@umd5.umd.edu or Prof. O'Haver at to2@umail.umd.edu.
This page was first created on March 15, 1995
Last updated Aug. 23, 1995