Learning objects Tessellate decorate: hexagons and triangles

TLF ID L7784

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of hexagons and triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Choose a tessellation of hexagons and triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the hexagons and triangles in the play space. This learning object is one in a series of eight learning objects.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe a tessellation as a pattern that has no gaps.
  • Students use hexagons and equilateral triangles to create the same tessellation as one displayed in a virtual sample book.
Educational value
  • Demonstrates the properties of tessellations by providing models of different tessellations of hexagons and triangles.
  • Provides multiple hexagons and triangles for the student to arrange to replicate the modelled patterns.
  • Allows trial-and-error strategies and provides supportive feedback to the student.
  • Expands the pattern automatically to fill a large space and allow the student to see the continuous multi-directional nature of tessellations.
  • Includes a print option that captures the student's experiments in the free-play space.
Year level

1; 2

Learning area
  • mathematics
Strand
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    Concept
    • Mathematics/Area
    • Mathematics/Measurement
    • Mathematics/Pattern perception
    Skill
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Practical activity
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Penn Short
    • Organisation: Massmedia Studios
    • Address: Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Lynda Matthews
    • Address: Mount Barker SA 5251 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: MassMedia Studios Pty Ltd
    • Address: Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia
    • URL: www.massmedia.com.au
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    Browsers
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.