Monday, 14 January 2013

Tessellating Patterns using Microsoft Word

 Have you ever considered using Microsoft Word to teach tessellating patterns?

I usually have students start with a simple shape, such as a rectangle or square. They then copy the shape and paste it next to the original shape, leaving no gaps. Repeat the process. Students can then change the colours to make it more interesting.

After that, students can experiment with other shapes by choosing more complex shape options and rotating them to fit into a tessellating pattern.


  1. I have used PowerPoint to do this activity as I found it easier for the students to move the shapes around and to line them up. They do love these kinds of activities.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. A great alternative Tania - I will give it a go :) Thanks for sharing! :)