Northport K-8 students use math to design art

Northport K-8 School students in Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class studied tessallations in math class and processed the new information by making their own tessallations, which are a pattern of shapes that fit together with no spaces and no overlapping.  Students used their textbooks and a book by author and tessallation artist M.C. Escher to comprehend the new information and to design their own tessallations.  Students took squares, drew lines in the squares, used vertical and horizontal lines and cut out the square.  Students then fit the pieces back together, traced more pieces, flipped and slid the pieces to form a solid piece of art.  Students combined mathematics and art design in this unusual and unique lesson.  Pictured are Ms. Gomez, her students and their tessallations.

Author: LYNNE Gruszka

Northport K-8 School Media and Marketing Specialist