A hundred square
A wide variety of number sequences can be found on a hundred square or chart. Exploring them helps students strengthen their knowledge of place value and their addition skills.
Students can use programmable toys called Bee-Bots to experiment with shape patterns.
Drawing an analogue clock face
By drawing analogue clock faces, students can learn a great deal about number lines as well as time measurement.
Number sequences can also be linked to fractions through this folding activity.
How can you make fractions by folding?
Growing patterns can tessellate
The video Let's Make a Pattern! can inspire students to create their own two-dimensional growing patterns.
A fun way of learning the names of some polygons is to use a patterning approach.
Let's have a party!
Here is an example of how an understanding of growing patterns can help students solve problems.
Making an AAB pattern
By making the same pattern in different media, students abstract the idea of an AAB pattern.
Making border patterns
Making a repeating pattern around a border is another way of teaching students the unit of repeat concept.
Monster choir patterns
Students can construct and continue patterns using the Monster choir digital learning object. Successful attempts result in the choir converting the pattern into a monster tune.
Odds and evens
In this digital learning object, odd and even numbers are represented by different chimes. Create growing patterns that produce a particular pattern of even and odd numbers. Play them together and make music.
Young children’s picture books provide many opportunities for reinforcing patterning ideas.
By studying rectangular arrays, students can also learn the structure of the rectangular grid pattern.
Repeating patterns in the environment
Here are some things that students can learn from exploring repeating patterns in the environment.
Many patterns can be found in events such as school sports days.
Symmetrical patterns in the environment
Students can learn much from exploring symmetrical patterns in the environment.
When are two patterns the same?
Students explore the different repeating patterns they can make from 12 cubes of various colours.