Family Involvement

Resources for parents to support their children to improve literacy: texttalklessons

Homework support checklist: homework_checklist

Parent/teacher conference questions: parent_teacher_questions

Document alignment with NC Guidance Essential Standards:

Tessellations Project

Start by showing the students what tessellations are so they can begin with the end in mind and have a context.

Click here for a start.


  1. vocab_worksheet
  2.  Identifying Patterns. What Comes Next?

Extensions for this (can be done at this time or after the entire lesson is completed).

NCTM lesson on patterns.

From Mathwire

Patterns worksheet 1

Patterns worksheet 2

Patterns worksheet 3

3. Identify symetry

symmetry example



NCTM lessons on symmetry

Mathwire lesson

4. Color rhombi (attributes–thick, med, thin; different colors; vertical, horizontal and diagonal)

Geometric shape patterns

Rhombus maker



5. Sort and organize cut-out colored rhombi. Build hexagons with them using patterns of color and line gradations.


NCTM Tessellations

NCTM Lessons

6. Create a tessellation with the colored rhombi. Students should view each others and reflect on them.

viewer reflections

7. Have students record tessellations they see in daily life. Go on a walk and record, or have them record for a week. Add tallies together and graph.




Research tessellations in the real world

MC Escher


More extensions: (You can have some students look through this link to find fun lessons.)

Place Value

Start with the presentation to give the big picture. Get comfortable with how to present the big picture to students using the power point. (You can use students to help with this if you have some real geeks in the program.)

for an enrichment activity that teaches problem-solving skills, place value concepts, and how computers work.  This is Part 1. The voice over suggests how to teach the lesson. You can turn off the sound and use the slides for your own lesson.

for the second part of this enrichment lesson.

ComputerPlaceValue Power Point slides


  1. Vocabulary vocab_worksheet_computers
  2. Identifying Patterns identifying patterns
  3. Converting numbers from base 2 to 10 and base 10 to 2. (Use the cheat board that tells place values for base 2.)

converting base 10 to 2
converting base 2 to 104. Use magnets to set up an ASCII code for a letter. Let students read it with a magnet.

ASCII code worksheet

5. Create a letter using Connect 4. Have students write the bitmap code for the letter.


for a presentation that addresses some basic concepts about place value that stump some struggling students.

Khan Academy lesson for more advanced students

Reading Resources

Click here for lessons to use with volunteers or for parents, to help students with comprehension. These were developed with US Dept of Ed funds. Select a book, and then provide the lesson for that book to the adult who is working with the student. These are designed to guide adults who are not reading specialists to work with students to improve reading comprehension.

STEM Career Resources (Science House)

click here