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July 9, 2010

Tessellations Across Cultures

Tessellations Across Cultures

Rachel George
6th Grade Math

Learning Target:
Students will be learning about tessellations, then begin creating their own while discussing what kinds of patterns and tessellations Native American students see in their own cultures.

This project will be the culminating project for our tessellation unit. Students have been learning about tessellations and know what aspects define a tessellation. Each student will be given a 3×5 note card that they will be instructed to cut pieces off of and then reattach them to make an odd shape. After they have created their tessellation shape they will draw one row of their shape on a piece of computer paper, interconnecting the shapes so there is no space between them. The students will then chat with their Native American ePal buddy about each other’s tessellation and what the shape looks like and could become with added color. They will also describe what the shape means to them, and what it could mean in the other student’s culture. They will show each other their original shapes, and the row of shapes on paper.
After discussing each other’s shape and meaning in culture, the students will be required to write a report on what was discussed with their ePal buddy. This could include anything from what kind of shape it is, with added color what it becomes, and the culture definition of it. Then the student will fill their entire computer paper with their shape, and color it in as they described. This will accompany their report, which they will briefly describe to the class when it is finished. The students will also then rejoin their ePal buddy for a look at how the tessellations turned out as a finished product.

Ed Tech GLEs
EALR 1 – Integration
1.1    Innovate: Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will be creative in finding what their tessellation shape is, or can become, and using video chat they will discuss with another student they will discuss those aspects.
1.2    Collaborate: Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students will video chat with Native American students about their tessellation shape, and discuss the possible meaning of that shape to each other’s country.

EALR 2 – Digital Citizenship
2.1 Practice Safety: Practice safe, legal and ethical behavior in the use of information and technology. Students will practice safe and proper behavior in their communication with another student. They will know what kind of behavior they should display to other students, and how to properly use the computer.
2.2 Operate Systems: Understand technology systems and use hardware and networks to support learning. Students will need to understand how to open programs and use the computer video cameras.

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