Instructional Activity# Quadrilateral Tessellations

Lesson 2. Unit 9. Grade 8 Open Up Resources

Open Up Resources20 min(s)

This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 2, Unit 9, Grade 8. The previous activity shows how to make a tessellation with copies of a triangle. A natural question is whether or not it is possible to tessellate the plane with copies of a single quadrilateral. Students have already investigated this question for some special quadrilaterals (squares, rhombuses, regular trapezoids), but what about for an arbitrary quadrilateral? This activity gives a positive answer to this question. Pentagons are then investigated in the next lesson, and there we will find that some pentagons can tessellate the plane while others can not.