Jason's Tessellations

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Tessellation 1

by

Jason Marvin

Grade 8
Frisbie Middle School
Rialto, California

I made my tessellation by doing the following:

The first thing I had to do in order to begin the first stage was to make a square. I did this by going up to options and dragging down to draw filled. Next, I went up to the tools and picked the lasso. Once I got my lasso, I went to the left side of the square. I started at the top left corner and made my way down to the bottom left corner. Then I held the shift key and lined it up with the other side of the square. I followed the same technique with the top of what was left of the square.

Once I had decided on my tessellation shape, I went up to my tool bar again and selected my pencil. I drew my figure a face, nose, mouth, and toupee looking hair. The next step I took in making my tessellation was to make a duplicate of the object. I did this by lassoing the figure and while pushing the option key, I dragged it to one side. I then went up to options and selected trace edges.

Now I was ready for the final stage. I picked the lasso again and picked one of the figures. Then I pushed the option key and I slid the figure to the top left corner of my screen. Then I picked the other figure and slid it to match up with the black one at the top. I repeated this process until the page was completely filled up.

Tessellation 2

by

Jason Marvin

Grade 8
Frisbie Middle School
Rialto, California

This tessellation is almost the same as the first except for a couple of details. For one, it's made out of a square but it is in a different shape. Another reason is that I put different designs on the figure. Once I finally figured out what it looked like, I went to the tool box, picked my pencil, and drew a nose, hat, mouth, and eyes for my weird looking figure. Then I went back up to the tool box and double-clicked on the paint brush. I picked the spray can design and started to make funny looking dots on his/her head. Once I did that I followed the same procedure as before: lasso, hold option, drag, paint, trace edges, and fill the whole paper up with the figures in an alternating black and white pattern.

Suzanne Alejandre
Math 8 teacher
Frisbie Middle School
Rialto, California

These tessellations follow a tutorial created by
Math Forum Teacher Associate Suzanne Alejandre.


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