I was experimenting with tesselations on GeoGebra, and I thought to myself "how cool would be it to illustrate a children's book using only tesselations?". The picture you see below is an example of an illustration that I created. This illustration could represent two animals, a fox and a wolf, that do not get along. This particular shape allows the characters to take on a defensive stance, demonstrating a conflict in the story. If you were to illustrate a story using only tesselations, you could create the shape to represent any mood the characters are feeling at that point in the story. For this picture, I also used the shapes to resemble other parts of the setting, such as a the sky, grass, and sun. I also used segments of the shape, as well as other geometric figures to create a flower in the picture.
I have been brainstorming ideas for my final project for this class, and so far, this is my favorite idea. I think it would be so awesome to write a children's book and illustrate it with my own tesselations. This could also be something I could use in the future in my classroom, depending on what grade I teach. If I were to teach lower elementary, this could be a book that I share with my students when learning about patterns and shape properties. If I were to teach upper elementary or middle school, I could have my students create a similar project in which they create their own tesselation and write a story about it. This is a great assessment idea for a unit, and it could assess the students learning of more than one subject. For the illustrations, I may create them on the computer or by hand, I have not decided yet. Overall, I think this project would be a creative use of my time that I would be able to use throughout my future career!