Thinking of and about patterns encourages learners to look for and understand the rules and relationships that are critical components of mathematical reasoning. Learners can start to develop the awareness of and ability to replicate pattern rules when adults label patterns with general terms, like letters ABAB, which also supports Language Skills. However, research shows that students develop deeper conceptual understanding and Mathematical Flexibility when they engage in exploration and productive failure before direct instruction.
Watch how this third grade teacher uses choral counting to look for patterns. Through skip counting as a whole class, students practice creating and identifying a pattern for a familiar rule.
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Learn how Brainquake's Wuzzit Trouble Math builds numerical patterning skills. As learners correctly identify number patterns, they are challenged with more complex problems and develop deeper number sense.