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Activity Name: Pattern Block Equations / Extension
Suggested Grade Level: 1-2
Your name or school: Potter Road Elementary School
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This activity is designed as an extension to the pattern block lesson demonstrated in the first Nextmove workshop. Students should be given a set of pattern blocks and a blackline master of a shape to be filled in with the blocks. After sucessfully completing the puzzle, students record their answers in the form of a math equation (i.e., 2 hexagons + 2 triangles.)
WHAT NEXT . . .
You can try a similar activity as an introduction to geometry. This activity involves sorting pattern blocks. Students work in groups with a bucket of pattern blocks. They are asked to sort them any way they like. Students then rotate work stations. Their task is to determine what variable was used to sort the pattern blocks. Students then work as a team to sort the blocks according to a different feature. This activity helps draw students attention to the various attributes of geometric shapes.
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