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Tessellation

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Tessellation If many copies of a shape can be used to cover a surface, without leaving any gaps between them, then we say that the shape will tessellate. The pattern that is formed is called a tessellation.

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Tessellations all around us Look for tessellations in walls, patios and pavements.

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Tessellations all around us Common shapes can be arranged in unusual ways Sometimes an unusual shape will tessellate

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Tessellations all around us Sometimes 2 or more different shapes will tessellate.

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Tessellation with Pentominoes If you dont know what a pentomino is, then click here. click here. If you have done the pentominoes activity before, then you will know what a pentomino is and how many different pentominoes there are. Here they are...

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Tessellation with Pentominoes Which Pentominoes will tessellate? Here is one example to get you started….

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Tessellation with Pentominoes

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Tessellation with 7-Pin Polygons If you dont know what a 7-pin polygon is, then click here.click here. If you have done the 7-pin polygons activity before, then you will know what a 7-pin polygon is and how many different ones there are. Here they are...

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Tessellation with 7-Pin Polygons Which 7-pin polygons will tessellate? Here is one example to get you started….

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Tessellation with 7-Pin Polygons

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Tessellations by M.C. Escher

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 1 Step 1: Start with a simple shape that will tessellate e.g. a rectangle. Step 2: Remove a shape or shapes from one side of the rectangle and fix them to the opposite side.

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 1 Use this as a template to create your tessellation.

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 2 You could start with a hexagon and cut semi-circles from three of the sides and fix them to the opposite sides like this.

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 2

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 3 Start with a square and cut segments from two sides and fix them to the opposite sides like this.

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Make Your Own Escher Tessellations 3

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Enjoy making your own tessellations! END OF PRESENTATION

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Pentominoes A pentomino is made out of five squares that are connected along at least one edge. These are NOT pentominoes. Here is an example of a pentomino. How many different pentominoes can you find? Click hereClick here to return to the Tessellations.

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7-Pin Polygons Here is an arrangement of 7 pins. Here are some examples of 7-pin polygons. How many different 7-pin polygons can you find? Click hereClick here to return to the Tessellations. A 7-pin polygon is a closed shape with straight sides with corners on the pins.

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Enjoy making your own tessellations! END OF PRESENTATION

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