Math Manipulatives Galore! Using Pattern Blocks in Guided Math Groups
This month we will be exploring different types of math manipulatives and how they help to build mathematical proficiency. We are going to start with Pattern Blocks. Pattern blocks are one of the most underutilized math manipulatives around. Pattern blocks are a wonderful math resource for the classroom. They come in 6 colors and shapes – yellow hexagons, green triangles, blue diamond shaped rhombus, red trapezoids, orange squares and a smaller beige rhombus. We tend to use them in the primary grades for patterning and then in the upper grades for a bit of fraction work.
In the primary grades we can use them to sort, pattern, to explore transformations, symmetry and congruency as well as compose and decompose shapes. In the upper grades we can use them to explore, add & subtract fractions as well as do angle work. You can use pattern blocks to teach number sense (counting, fractions, estimation), statistics (graphing) and probability, as well as geometry and algebra.
In this post I am going to talk about and list some great resources to take Pattern Blocks to the next level.
REALLY COOL STUFF! Let’s start with something super fun! Math and Music. Check out this cool Pattern Block Rock site: http://www.philtulga.com/patternblock.html
Pattern Blocks: Pattern Activities
Great primary patterning cards. The links are mislabeled so click bears to get pattern blocks. The great thing about the workmats on this site is that they come in word so that you can simplify or complexify them as needed: http://www.jmeacham.com/math/patterns.htm
Pattern Block Puzzles:
(scroll down to Pattern Block Pictures) http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/math/math_activities.htm
Pattern Blocks: Talking about shapes
Great Annenberg Lesson Plans (Be sure to click through entire sequence of lessons!) http://www.learner.org/courses/teachingmath/gradesk_2/session_02/section_01_b.html
Pattern Blocks: Talking about Symmetry
Pattern Blocks: Fraction Activities
Great pattern block fraction activities. Really creative work mats and rigorous thinking activities. Scroll down and print out the work maths: http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/secondary/mathematics/years7_10/teaching/frac.htm
Pattern Blocks: Angles
Printable Paper Pattern Blocks: Remember we want to move from the concrete to the pictorial and then the abstract. The paper pattern blocks provide an opportunity to work at the pictorial level. You can use these at any grade level.
Primary Pattern Block Activities:
Scroll down to the bottom of the page for some great game ideas: http://www.kindergarten-lessons.com/kindergarten-pattern-activities.html
Some Cool Pattern Supplies. I use these to make different types of centers.
I have pattern block stamps, stickers, giant floor size pattern blocks, foam ones, plastic ones, magnetic ones (regular size and gigantic ones), activity cards.