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Tessellation Angle Measures Challenge! & Sale

November 25, 2012 11 Comments

Tessellation Angle Measures Challenge! & Sale

November 25, 2012 11 Comments
Hey everyone! I’m stopping by to share a new product and some sale news. What sale, you may ask? I’m joking of course, you know all about that. But first things first!
My 5th graders have been working away at measuring angles. Those protractors can be tricky, can’t they? One of our upcoming lessons is centered around tessellations. Typically, we will complete one of those fun tessellation art projects and the kids do love it. 
This year, however, I wanted something a bit more challenging for my group. A way to learn about tessellations, while focusing on angle measures as we have been throughout this unit. 
So I made a new project…
Tessellation Angle Measures Challenge!! And it is challenging…I’ve been tessellating and calculating all weekend!

Here’s an overview of the activity…

Using regular polygons, students cut out a shape to tessellate:

 They trace and arrange the polygons to form their tessellation shape.

Students trace this shape, then identify all known interior angle measures…

…using two reference sheets to help them:

Then comes the tricky part.

The students must use what they know about the regular polygons they used, plus other geometric knowledge (like three angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees) to help solve the rest of the angle measures for their tessellation shape:

Of course, they will still complete the fun art aspect at the end 🙂

But in the meantime, they will be using these resources to think critically about angle measures–and reflect on the strategies they used at the end of the activity.
This pack also includes 16 pages of photos, with step-by-step instructions, to lead your students through the activity…

Tessellation Angle Measures Challenge! is now listed for $4.50 in my TpT store. It will be on sale very soon, thanks to the…
My new file, plus my other items will all be 20% off. For additional savings, you will be able to use the promo code shown above–for 28% off!

Season’s Readings will be on sale…

…as well as all the classroom decor in my store. 
I bundled two of the Bright & Clear Decor files into larger packets for additional savings:
These packs have all of the bright decor in one huge file, ready to print and decorate! There is a Zaner-Bloser Alphabet version and a D’Nealian Alphabet version.
Ok…thank you for stopping by and reading through all of that! I can’t wait to go shopping tomorrow!!! 
Are you shopping before school or after? I’m not much of a morning person, so it’ll be tomorrow evening for me.  🙂

Some fonts and all graphics in tessellation file by Miss Tiina at
P.S. Thank you E, for all of your help! 🙂


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  • Emily November 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Great work! This makes me wish (for a moment) that I taught 5th grade. 🙂

  • Lita Lita November 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    I'm totally with Emily! 🙂 I would buy everything from your store if I didn't taught Spanish. 🙂
    You know I am a big fan!

  • Janine November 26, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Umm…hello… genius, at work AGAIN! I love this so much, especially since I am in this awful Teaching Geometry to K-5 students masters certificate class. I am a mathophobe of sorts and I need this! It is in my cart ready for tomorrow, so I can tessellate the heck out of my teacher!!!!

    I love you for all you do for me (yes, me, I am going to be selfish this time and pretend that you create specifically for me.)

  • Kelley Cirrito November 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Wow that looks like tricky stuff!!! I don't know if I could even do it…your 5th graders must be smartie pants!! Have a great week!

  • Molly November 26, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Oooo, that looks great!! I am not a morning person either, but I am planning on getting to my classroom early tomorrow to make it all Christmasy!! Soo excited!! But that means that I will probably be saving all my shopping for tomorrow evening! And I need to check out those new bundled packages! I have been wanting your cursive alphabet line for a while now! 🙂


  • MrsPaulson November 26, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I just LOVE making them think-
    this is a GREAT product!

  • The Wild Rumpus November 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Kristen–I purchased this yesterday and can't wait to use it with my kiddos when we get to geometry. Once again, you impress me with your creativity, and I love, love, love the photographs you've included for us visual learners 🙂

  • Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Kristen, you are most certainly welcome 🙂 You did an awesome job on this pack and I can't wait to use it myself!! Hope you have enjoyed the sale days 🙂

  • Janaye December 4, 2012 at 5:03 am

    LOVE this, Kristen!!!!!! Tessellations was always one of my favorite projects in 4th grade! Love your take on it.

    1st graders can TOTALLY do this too, right???! 😉


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  • Alexander Peters February 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Kids love challenging projects especially when it's art! This activity will never make the kids get bored easily and this could make an excellent assignment examples. Thank you for sharing this interesting ideas on how to make teaching more fun to kids!

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