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Pattern Explorer Beginning - eBook

Grades: 3-4


Grades: 3-4


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Mathematics and science can be thought of as a search for patterns and structure. This 88-page book provides rich and diverse collections of pattern problems for students to explore, investigate, discover, and create. The five different types of pattern problems found in this book are:

  • Pattern Predictor
  • Equality Explorer
  • Sequence Sleuth
  • Number Ninja
  • Function Finder

There are optional hints and detailed solutions.

From a developmental perspective, the ability to recognize a pattern signals the transition from concrete to abstract thinking. So having students explore pattern problems helps sensitize them to the discovery process that provides a foundation for authentic learning and abstraction. These activities are independent and self-contained, but tend to build on one another and get gradually more sophisticated. Calculators are never needed, and their use is discouraged.

Parents and teachers should encourage students to pursue these pattern problems with a sense of adventure and perseverance. Although this book's patterns appropriate for Grades 3-4, experiences with these activities may vary widely depending upon readiness for abstraction. There are many ways to solve and explain a pattern problem, and the solutions provided are not intended to be unique. In all situations, and at whatever pace and facility, the transition from concrete to abstract thinking is worthwhile.

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Product Details

Item#: 11061BEP
Author(s): Darin Beigie
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: eBook
License: Printable
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-951-1
Pages: 88


Creative Child Magazine 2015 Seal of Excellence Award, Educational Books for Kids Category

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"Upon downloading the file and installing it onto the computer, the software must be registered using the license given to the user upon purchase. Once registered, the user has complete access to the full workbook which can be printed out easily for one or more students. The digital workbook is the same as the physical workbook of the same title.

We have been using Pattern Explorer Beginning as strictly a supplement to our math assignments and the kids love it. After installing the EXE file onto my computer, I simply opened the program and then printed two copies of the first 20 pages. These I keep in a folder and a few times each week, I give a page to the kids work on. The kids routinely asked if we could work on "Pattern Math" and would celebrate when I grabbed that folder. Each activity uses and builds upon the skills they already know but don't like to practice, in a fun way in which they seem to forget that they don't like doing it. I guess algebraic expressions seem much more fun when you're figuring for half moons and stars rather than X and Y." - Brenda Prince, California