Tessellation project guidelines.

This packet has everything you need to know to about this project, so DON'T LOSE IT!!! Contained in the packet are the instructions for creating three different types of tessellations, a model explanation, and the rubric that will be used to grade your project. We will spend three days in the lab working on this project. During the time in the lab you will be expected to complete 3 tessellations, one of each type described in the packet. You will work at your own pace, but you should set a goal to get all three done by Tuesday. If you are going to be absent any day next week, you will be expected to go to Crossroads on your own time to make up this missed lab time.

In the three days you will also need to write up one description of the manner in which you created one of the tessellation templates you used to make of the tessellations you turn in. You may use the example included in the packet as a model of how you should write up this explanation (keep in mind that it is probably much more brief than yours should be). You should know how to type text on a sketch from other visits to the lab. In case you have forgotten, use the little finger to create a text box anywhere you want one on the sketch.

Now a few pieces of advice. . .
1. Make sure you always hide the points (except your original vertices) BEFORE you tessellate, otherwise you will run out of memory and lose all your work.
2. You should limit yourself to NO MORE than 25 or so tessellations on a page, or you will run out of memory.
3. After you are finished tessellating you need to go back and hide the vertices too, otherwise your tessellations will have lots of silly looking points, instead of consisting only of lines.
4. PUT YOUR NAME AT THE BOTTOM OF ALL YOUR TESSELLATIONS. Use a text box to do so, it will look much neater.
5. You will have Thanksgiving weekend to color your tessellations. Remember that neatness counts, so do a good job.

The project is due Monday, December 2, 1996 when you come into class. You should have ready to turn in your three tessellations, your explanation, the rubric sheet included in this packet with YOUR NAME filled in, and the extra credit tessellation, if you completed one. Your grade will be lowered 10% for each day it is late.

As you have seen, creators of tessellations sometimes try to create patterns that look like something, such as dogs or fish. M.C. Escher was an artist famous for creating this kind of tessellation. You do not have to create a tessellation that looks like some sort of object, but you should try to with at least one of your tessellations. Remember, creativity is a large part of this grade.

email me: lari@nslsilus.org