Lesson Title: Mosaic Tiles
Discipline Focus: Geometric Patterns and finding patterns in Ojibwe art
Grade level: First
Length of lesson: 50 minutes
Author: Annette Katich
Stage 1 – Desired Results
MN Standard 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 – Describe characteristics of basic shapes. Use basic
shapes to compose and decompose other objects in various contexts.
Understanding (s)/goals Essential Question(s):
Students will understand: What shapes and patterns can be
The basic 2-D and 3-D shapes and how to found in various pieces of Ojibwe art?
compose and decompose those shapes.
Student objectives (outcomes):
Students will be able to:
Recognize and create patterns from 2- and 3-D shapes. Acknowledge the existence of
patterns in the Ojibwe cultural art.
Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence
Performance Task(s): Other Evidence:
Physically create patterns using Interest in and enjoyment of the
construction paper. activities.
Stage 3 – Learning Plan
1. Show the class Ojibwe cultural patterns via a computer and projector, or actually
artifacts if they are available. Through class participation indicate the different
shapes and how they are used in the pattern. (10 minutes max)
2. Explain the instructions for the project. First, they will decide what shapes they
want to use. Second, they will draw out the pattern they wish to create. Lastly,
cut out the shapes needed and create the pattern.
3. Hand out the supplies. (Construction paper, scissors, and glue)
4. Monitor students progress and let them be creative! Discuss patterns individually
with the students as you walk around. (25 minutes)
5. Clean up supplies and hang the patterns up around the classroom for the
remainder of the unit on shapes and patterns.
6. Conclusion – Have the class look at all the work hung up and talk about the
patterns classmates created.