We examined the attributes of each of the pattern blocks before we began. We discussed the following terms for each shape:
- parallel lines
- number of sides and vertices
- right angles
- lines of symmetry
One example is the triangle. It is a polygon. It has 3 vertices, sides and lines of symmetry. It is not a quadrilateral or parallelogram. It has 3 angles less than 90 degrees.
We designed our own figures out of the pattern blocks and then tried to see what was the least amount of blocks needed to cover our design. Then we tried to see what was the most amount of blocks needed to cover our design. We realized that using the triangles to cover helped us see the most amount of blocks needed, and the trapezoid and hexagon were the blocks that helped us see the least amount of blocks needed to cover our designs.
Check out our work.