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# Growing patterns can tessellate

Show students the video *Let's Make a Pattern!* This video shows how a pattern can be constructed by adding successive 'rings' of pattern blocks around a central block.

You may download the __video transcript for Let's Make a Pattern!__

Notice how this activity combines ideas of __tessellations__ (using triangles and squares from a set of pattern blocks) and __growing patterns__.

Ask students to repeat the same construction, and reconsider the questions asked in the video.

You can use this __slide show version of Let's Make a Pattern!__ to guide the discussion.

Now challenge students to use the same idea to make their own growing patterns, using either real pattern blocks or __digital versions of pattern blocks__.

They could use a single pattern block, any pair of blocks (as in the video), or even three blocks. Display the most creative patterns.

You might also like to try the *Tessellate decorate* series of learning objects:

*L7782 Tessellate decorate: squares**L7781 Tessellate decorate: rectangles**L7785 Tessellate decorate: rhombuses**L7787 Tessellate decorate: trapeziums**L7783 Tessellate decorate: equilateral triangles**L7784 Tessellate decorate: hexagons and triangles**L7788 Tessellate decorate: three shapes**L7786 Tessellate decorate: right-angled triangles*