Lesson Plan: Mosaic Tiles
Concept: To gain a better understanding of patterns and relate patterns to the
Activity: Student will create their own mosaic tiles and explain their pattern to
Questions: Patterns are part of everyday, what patterns can you think of?
What number patterns can you think of?
Could these patterns be incorporated into your mosaic tile?
Materials: About a 4” by 4” wooden square for each student
Prerequisite skills: Understanding of the variety of patterns
Suggestions: It helps to have the students trace their wooden square on a piece of
paper and create their design in the square. The students can then
glue on their pattern row by row.
Procedure: Give each student a wooden square and a baggy full of mosaic tiles.
The students will design their own pattern. Have the students glue
their mosaic tiles on their wooden square. When finished, the
students should write a two page report on patterns that are part of
their everyday life and explain their pattern of their mosaic tile. Discussion: It is good to discuss the variety of patterns, from numbers to daily
Follow-Up Activities: Have the students make a beaded design on leather, make bracelets or
necklaces, and move onto mathematical patterns.
Assessment Plan: Give the students a picture of a pattern from their culture have the
students explain it in one paragraph. Show the students a power
point of various patterns. The students will then pick a picture and
write one or two paragraphs about the pattern. The writing sample
should also include one paragraph about where else patterns show-up
in their culture and daily lives. (The power point is included at the
Additional Activities: Have the students make paper quilts. Also see additional worksheet
about number patterns.
Complete the following patterns by adding an additional three numbers.
10. This series has a special name, do you know it? 0,1,1,2,3,5,;
Write a formula for in terms of the previous terms for 1-12. Try to write in terms of aann
only if possible, specify . The first one is done for you as an example. aa0013. or where a？a;1a？a;n；1a？1nn；1n00