Learning objects Tessellate decorate: three shapes

TLF ID L7788

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rhombuses, squares and equilateral triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select tessellations of rhombuses and equilateral triangles, or rhombuses, squares and equilateral 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 rhombuses, squares and equilateral triangles in the play space. This learning object is one in a series of eight objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students describe a tessellation as a pattern that has no gaps.
  • Students use three shapes (square, rhombus and triangle) 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 rhombuses, squares and equilateral triangles.
  • Provides multiple rhombuses, squares and equilateral 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 allows 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
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Practical activity

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Lynda Matthews
    • Address: Mount Barker SA 5251 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • 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
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • 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.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.