The Magic Box
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Students will recognize, describe, create and extend repeating and arithmetic patterns.
Overview of the Lesson
Students are immersed in a variety of activities that give them experience in
recognizing, describing and extending repeating and arithmetic patterns. Students
begin the lesson by describing patterns they find in the classroom. As the teacher
skips rope, students describe the arithmetic or numerical pattern that she is
representing. Students are actively engaged in the exploration of patterns as they
sing, clap, and identify patterns in the teacher’s “magic box.” They are given shapes
and challenged to extend a pattern started by the teacher. Students then work at
centers to further investigate patterns. They photograph patterns on the school
grounds and building. Students string beads in a pattern, make creations with
Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs, and explore patterns on the computer. They read the
Patchwork Quilt and make their own quilt patterns. Some eager mathemagicians
make activities for their teacher’s “Magic Box.”