Activity Types: Tesselations


Getting "Handy" in the classroom with technology integration!

What is a Tesselation?

A tessellation is the complete covering of a plane by one or more figures in a repeating pattern with no overlap of figures.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Provides an excellent example of combining mathematics and art instruction such as looking at geometric shapes and the work of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Eschert, most recognized for spatial illusions, impossible buildings, repeating geometric patterns.

  • Help students see that tessellations are the building blocks of nature and visual arts.

  • Excellent activity to move from the tactile to the abstract.


  • Often strains software and causes it to crash, frustrating students.


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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
(905.688.5550, x5347)

Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction