#MathArtChallenge Day 74


The Challenge: Create the above tessellation using compass and straight edge or isometric grid paper. 

Materials Needed: compass, straight edge, grid paper, possibly isometric paper. Math concepts you could explore with this challenge: angles, circles, geometric construction, geometry, Islamic geometry, lines, symmetry, vertices/intersections.

I really cannot promise I’ll continue with the #mathartchallenge. May be a break, may be a stop. It’s pretty jarring to see things not related to #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd on my timeline right now.

I want to acknowledge: I am perfectly safe. I am participating in the peaceful protests – mostly outside Mike Freeman’s house. I was there for about an hour while protestors gathered today. Cars came in and parked in the street. People flooded in, asking for the arrest of all 4 officers. Each time it was totally peaceful.
I am trying to support my students from afar- the pandemic hasn’t ended. Today, there is a #mathartchallenge because a student invited me to a walk by grad party, and that’s a chance for me to set eyes on someone I care about to show that I care for them. Not having cards, I made this to give to them.

Art does help give me space to process. If that’s the case for you, I’m glad to help you find things for that.

Below is a link to instructions. You’ll have to do some figuring out.


Depending on how you use this activity, you may engage with different mathematical standards. I’ve listed possible connected math content above. Here are a few suggestions for how you might integrate the 8 mathematical practices. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments! 

7.) Look for and make use of structure. Given the instructions, what structures are you looking for?

8.) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. What polygons are you relying on to effectively finish this tessellation? How does their structure (angles, side length, rotation) make that tessellation possible or challenging?

Author: Ms. P

Math Teacher in Minneapolis, MN.

2 thoughts on “#MathArtChallenge Day 74”

  1. Please continue! I’m injured in Scotland and your challenges have really helped. I fully understand if you don’t, what is happening in your city and across America feels raw and consuming even from here. Racial injustice should always be stood up to.
    Best wishes,


  2. Hi Annie,

    Thanks so much for offering these creative outlet over the past 74 or so days. I joined late, but have been enjoying the challenges and learning involved and going back in time to try earlier challenges.

    I too live in the Twin Cities and the past week has been heart wrenching, painful. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered and all those who have stepped forward to help.

    Teachers are special people— Thank you. Kate Clover, St. Paul



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