Bursting with introductory activities to symmetry and tessellations, this book also includes reflective images, anti-symmetry, and rotational symmetry.  Other activities enable students to independently create their own tessellations.  Many activities are based on or inspired by the art of M.C. Escher.  Classroom application requires that each pair of students have a set of three 3½" x 2¼" plastic mirrors available from ETA/Cuisenaire.  Book includes a sheet of 11" x 17" dot paper.

Grades 5-8

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Review in Mathematics Teaching in Middle School
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  1. What is Mathematics?
  2. Introduction to Symmetry
  3. Symmetry in the Alphabet
  4. Symmetry in Flags and First Nations Art
  5. More on Reflectional and Rotational Symmetry
  6. Symmetrical Strip Patterns
  7. Introduction to Polygons
  8. A Regular Polygon Kaleidoscope
  9. Symmetry and Regular Polygons
  10. Symmetry by Paper Folding and Cutting
  11. Paper and Scissors Pentagon
  12. Paper and Scissors Hexagon
  13. Angle Relations in Triangles and Quadrilaterals
  14. Angle Measures in Regular Polygons
  15. The Regular Tessellations
  16. From Crackers to Soap Bubbles
  17. A Tessellation Kaleidoscope
  18. Tessellating with Irregular Polygons
  19. Surrounding a Point with Regular Polygons
  20. The Semiregular Tessellations
  21. A Semiregular Tessellation Kaleidoscope
  22. Demiregular Tessellations
  23. Islamic Tessellations
  24. The Art of M. C. Escher
  25. Making a Tessellating Template
  26. Drawing a Tessellation with a Template
  27. A Pop-Up Sponge Jigsaw Puzzle
  28. Mirroring the Craft of M. C. Escher
  29. Exploring Tessellating Art
  30. Explorations with TessselMania!


Extensive educational links on the Internet, in chapter/activity order, may be found at this site to supplement the activities in this book. 

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