ERIC Number: ED402179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pattern Blocks: Building Algebraic Thinking with Progressive Patterns.
The books in this series provide an essential ingredient in the transition from concrete mathematical experience to the symbolic reasoning used in algebra. They aim to guide the student in building and extending manipulative patterns, collecting numerical data, and analyzing the results. The main objective of the activities in this book is for the student to be able to build any design of the pattern. The activities allow students to use pattern blocks to build and analyze the given design, then determine the relationship between the number of the design and the number of blocks necessary to build the design. Exploration and discovery of individual solution strategies are encouraged. The book is laid out in an easy-to-use format with 50 pattern pages (divided into five sections), an appendix (including teaching guide and a glossary), and an answer key. Within the five sections included, patterns generally progress from the simple arrangements that build confidence to the more complex and creative patterns that inspire students to combine their imagination and their mathematical skills. (JRH)
Descriptors: Algebra, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Concepts, Pattern Recognition, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills
Critical Thinking Press and Software, P.O. Box 448, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-0448; phone: 800-458-4849.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For other books in this series, see SE 059 434-435.