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Patterns: When Students Ask

  • Why should I learn this?
    Seeing patterns helps children's observation and problem-solving skills. Suggest to children a pattern, such as morning, noon, and night. Point out that by knowing the pattern, they know what to expect. Understanding patterns in everyday life will help children feel more confident as they try more difficult patterns and are introduced to number patterns. They will use number patterns as they learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.
  • Where will I find patterns?
    Children can see patterns everywhere. Patterns are in books and games and songs, in the clothes they wear, in art work, in numbers, in nature, and other places.
  • How can I make my own pattern?
    You can take some shapes or colors or other materials and put them in order as you would like to see them. Then you can take more shapes or colors or other materials and repeat what you did. Repeat this pattern as many times as you like.

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade K