On Friday afternoon, I gave my students the opportunity to play with blocks in the last period of the day if they had completed their tasks for the week.
A group of girls pulled out the pattern blocks and started creating with them.
When I looked closer at their creation, I noticed that they had created a series of three dimensional patterns which they repeated a few times.
I had to snap some pictures quickly as this is evidence that they have taken their learning further than expected. My intention is to print these pictures, add my comments, and insert the pictures into their Math folder as evidence of level 4 application of their learning. So exciting!
Have you seen child create a three dimensional pattern?
I have begun the unit on patterning with my grade 1s and 2s. The children enjoy this unit and tend not to have too much difficulty with it. As a diagnostic, I asked my students to use attribute blocks to create a pattern.
Once they had created and extended their pattern, my students recorded their work in their Math notebooks. While they were working, I observed them and made notes of any difficulties a student may have had. If they transcribed their work incorrectly, I also made a note.
Before I ask my students to create another pattern, I will teach them how to improve their responses. I will also challenge them to create more advanced patterns. I look forward to seeing what they create.
Have you used attribute blocks to create patterns?