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What is Cooperation?- Tessellation Art Project

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 3

Engage your students in practicing the art of cooperation by having them create a collaborative tessellation project.

I Can Show Cooperation – Tesselation Project

Is your classroom too hectic? Are your students arguing over supplies, interrupting you and each other, and being slightly uncooperative? If so, it may be time for a Social Emotional learning lesson about cooperation. That’s where we come in!

Help your students understand the causes and effects of uncooperative behavior. You can read books, act out scenarios, or hold daily morning meetings to get the point across. Once they’ve gotten the basics down, introduce them to a fun, collaborative project where they work as a group to create a large-scale cooperation tessellation project. 

Your students will love drawing and writing about ways they can show cooperation on a trio of hexagon-shaped templates, which are then combined to form a larger honeycomb display.

Completed tesselation beehives are perfect for decoration on your bulletin board or in another classroom area. Once students have completed them and cut them out, assemble them onto your hallway bulletin board, add a couple of bees, and you’ve got the perfect spring bulletin board. 

What are Tessellations?

People use different names to call them: mosaic pictures, tilings, and so on. The word tesselation comes from the Latin word “tessera,” – which refers to a small stone cube used in mosaic floors and patterns. A tessellation usually refers to a specific mathematical concept where a given design can be repeated over and over again without crossing any of its boundaries or leaving any gaps.

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