Thursday, September 6, 2007

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere!


Being able to recognize patterns is an important tool in mathematics. In Math, students are given many opportunities to copy, create, and extend patterns using materials such as pattern blocks, color tiles, and interlocking cutes. For the past week, we have looked for patterns on our clothes, in books, and around our classroom. Today students compared what they noticed about two different pattern trains and predicted what they thought came next. On a chart, I listed student responses to the question, "What is the same and what is different about these two pattern trains (8 interlocking cubes of varying colors)?" Then the children went back to their seats and created their own pattern trains and afterwards,shared their pattern creations with their classmates. Patterns, patterns, everywhere in Room 104!

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