Category Archives: Patterns

So Square

Thoughts of summer have me longing for the beach. Since I can’t sink my toes in the warm sand just now, I’ll have to enjoy Sea Squares by Joy Hulme instead. On the surface, Sea Squares might be mistaken for … Continue reading

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Checkers, chessboards and rice

“Mathematics is like checkers in being suitable for the young, not too difficult, amusing, and without peril to the state.” ~Plato Yesterday we talked about large numbers. Continuing along that same vein today I offer The King’s Chessboard and One … Continue reading

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0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…

This famous sequence was first observed in 1202 by Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, perhaps better known today as Fibonacci. Found in nature, this growing pattern has intrigued mathematicians for centuries. Students can explore the Fibonacci sequence using various math … Continue reading

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Today the forecast in Northern Virginia calls for rain. In your classroom, what is the probability that it will be Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? Children will delight in the absurdity in the tiny town of Chewandswallow where the … Continue reading

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Pattern Books

Long before they enter school, parents can do a lot to help young children develop the ability to think mathematically. One type of book that can help is “pattern books.” Children will enjoy the hearing the repetition as adults read … Continue reading

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