Planet Earth

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Goals:

The following list of course goals will be addressed in Planet Earth. Each goal directly relates to a performance objectives and related activities. Click on the blue "go" button to view Planet Earth's performance objectives.           
                  

1. review tessellation samples
2. interact with Escher CD-ROM
3. describe types of tessellations

Performance Objectives
 

Topic:  "The Design of Tessellations"

Directions for Planet Earth:

What's available

  Books on M. C. Escher, patterns, quilting, tilings, math, and others. 
  A video on M C. Escher, his life and work is also available. 
  Web sites associated with tessellations are available by accessing the resource page. 
  Additional sites
(suggested by students as a result of searches) will be made available to everyone. 
  Check with the teacher to see if the Escher CD is also available.

As you go...

  Write down questions about anything you do not understand. 
  You may take notes to refer to later. 
  You may also make sketches of your favorite designs.
  You may wish to use these sketches later in your finished product.

Associated Assignments

The student will 
     1. maintain a log/sketchbook.
     2. view interactive video for information and fostering creativity.
     3. identify and describe tessellation in nature, or other subject areas.

What you need:

    1. Internet
    2. Software - (Escher CD-ROM)
    3. Video - Life of M.C. Escher
    4. Books - see list of resources
    5. Student log/sketchbook

Resources:  See list.

Activities: 

1. Review books on tessellations. Each student will select books on tessellation from the library. Everyone will need to sign up for the book(s) available. 

2. A CD on the life and work of M. C. Escher CD-ROM is available for students to use during their regular "computer" time. There are many parts of the CD to explore so this activities will take more than one or two computer sessions. You should keep notes in your journal about what you learn, and samples of tessellations in your sketchbook. 

3. Describe types of tessellations and pick your favorite type. The class will be divided into groups to identify tessellations from resources available. Be sure to keep your notes in your journal and sketchbook  of your group sessions.

What's a tessellation?

Take the quiz!

Task Review:

Goals: Planet Earth  
1. review tessellation samples  
2. interact with Escher CD-ROM  
3. describe types of tessellations  
Associated Assignments  
Maintain log/sketchbook  
Work with collaboratively peer group for investigation and review.  

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