Tessellations and Quilts

By Susan LoFranco on Apr 24, 2017

  • Using real world examples turn shapes around on a graph and have students predict what will happen once it lands on a different part of the graph. 



  • Review vocabulary with student: tessalation, quilt, transformations, rotation, translation, reflection
  • See Other Tips and Strategies to extend the lesson to include Quiltmaking and it's history and The AIDS Memorial Quilt
  • The following YouTube Video reviews rotation, translation and reflection and how it relates to a quilt.  Watch the YouTube Video with Student https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkHKWhKlqEI&index=1&list=PLM4xWCql81FFC7Rf1RtkMvm8Xjt6TpeOY
  • In this lesson the student can either create their own quilt using geometric objects/shapes or use the attached tessellation quilt template.  
  • If using the attached Tessellation Quilt Template review the template with the student.  
  • Have the student identify the different transformations.  Give assistance as required
  • After the student has identified the different transformations, teacher will explain to student that when creating a tessellation they will be creating a repeating pattern utilizing rotations translations and reflections.  
  • Using the cut-out triangles review with the student possible patterns.
  • Before gluing down the cut-out triangles have the student place the triangles on the Tessellation Quilt Template.
  • Once the student is satisfied the pattern is repeating as they wish glue the triangles to the Tessellation Qiolt Template.
  • For online fun with tessellations use the following link http://illuminations.nctm.org/Activity.aspx?id=3533 

quilt collage


You can extend this lesson by investingating the history of quilting: http://www.quilting-in-america.com/History-of-Quilts.html

Additional lessons can connect to the AIDS memorial quilt: http://www.aidsquilt.org/about/the-aids-memorial-quilt

To make a panel for the AIDS quilt:  http://www.aidsquilt.org/make-a-panel/step-by-step-instructions

Read more about: Math, STEM