From a 2nd Grade Teacher

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Message 1

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 95
From: Connie Mark

Hi Suzanne,
Thank you for sharing your webpage on tessellations. I am trying to get a grasp of this topic. I wanted to do something simple with my second graders as they start a unit on geometry. So...being quite lazy to get a book on this...I thought...why not try the web. I found your page by accident as I did a web search and another page led me to your page.

I think I understand what you are saying. I want to be able to say the definition in an easy to understand way for young students. From reading your explanations and looking at other pages....from this I gather that a tessellation is picture with a repeating pattern that does not have gaps or overlaps. From a explanation like this....I would then show my students the different versions of tessellations that students and adults have done on the web. Hopefully they will understand.

Of course...I have never tried this before with youngsters...maybe it might be beyond them and the teacher herself. But I am willing to give your ideas a try.

Escher has always fascinated me, yet I did not understand what a tessellation was. Now I think I have been educated. Can you suggest any easy to read and understand books I could read? In fact, has any author written a book for young kids on this topic with easy to understand definition and lots of examples? If not, this might be a great book project for you???

Thanks again for sharing.


Message 2

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995
From: Connie Mark

Dear Suzanne,
Thank you for your response and your help. I am going to give it a try in January.

    (asked Suzanne) "I think that it will not be beyond the students or the teacher! particularly if you have a manipulative to go with it that they can touch and feel. Does your reference to the "teacher herself" mean you or are you a resource person?"

      ***I guess I was referring to myself *smile*

With all your knowledge.....I think a book is in order..... Let me know.....I'd like to be your first customer. ;-)
Mahalo for all your help.....I'll let you know how it works out with the little ones after I try it.


Message 3

Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995
From: Connie Mark

Hi Suzanne
I will be working with geometry after Christmas break. I am in the process of trying to figure out how I will do it and add tessellations into it and see if these young students can grasp it....teacher (me) thinks she understands. *smiles*.


Connie Mark
Waiau Elementary School
Pearl City, HI 96782

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