Hi! I am new to this forum, and am studying to be a special education teacher. I am doing field work in a regular second grade classroom, as part of a class on teaching math. I have to present a lesson plan towards the end of the semester. I know I will have to present my idea to my cooperating teacher and professor first, but I wanted to run it by some other teachers first, people who are not directly involved with me and who could give me some unbiased advice. The lesson plan idea I have is on tessallations. Of course I don't have a draft written up yet, but the basic idea is this: 1.I will open the lesson by talking them about patterns and having them identify a few regular patterns. I will then introduce tessallations as a special kind of pattern. I will show them examples and non-examples. 2. Next, I will show them how to make a simple tessallation by using the nibble technique. I will demonstrate using a large piece of paper as my template, use the nibble technique on it, and trace it to make a tessallation on the whiteboard. 3. I will then ask the students if they can think of something the tessallated shape looks like, such as an animal, a house, etc. When they give me an idea, I will add details to the shape to make it look more like their idea. 4. I will invite them to create their own tessallations using the nibble technique. They can make a tessallation on a sheet of paper, and then add details to make the shapes look like whatever they want (an animal, object, or just a colorful design.) When they finish, they can share their tessallations if they'd like. 5. As a quick assessment, I will draw several patterns on the white board and ask them if they think each one is a tessallation or not. What do you think of this idea? Thanks for your input!