When I run a math circle or co-op class, I love starting with a picture book. This new beauty from Emily Grosvenor will be perfect.
You could say that Tessalation is a book about tessellations (repeating tiled patterns), but it is really a children’s picture book about discovering order in a chaotic world.
— Emily Grosvenor
Seeing Math in the World
In taking a playful approach to mathematics, I hope to open children’s eyes to math in their world. Schooly math lessons have led many of my math group kids to think a “pattern” has to be a strictly repeating (and rather boring) series of shapes or colors.
But in the real world, patterns are so important that American mathematician Lynn Arthur Steen defined mathematics as the science of patterns.
“As biology is the science of life and physics the science of energy and matter, so mathematics is the science of patterns,” Steen wrote. “We live in an environment steeped in patterns — patterns of numbers and space, of science and art, of computation and imagination. Patterns permeate the learning of mathematics, beginning when children learn the rhythm of counting and continuing through times tables all the way to fractals and binomial coefficients.”
Tessa Truman-Ling’s delight in patterns is contagious. And it will provide a wonderful jumping-off point for a variety of math activities.
Visit Grosvenor’s Kickstarter page to find out more about her lovely book:
- Tessalation! coloring pages
- What are Tessellations?
- Tessellations in the world around us
- Other types of patterns to explore
- Make your own tessellating pattern
- Tessellation handout for grades 6-8
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