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ERIC Number: EJ1001592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Here-and-There on a Number Square, or "Zig-Zag" Sums
Littler, I. Graham; Koman, Milan
Mathematics Teaching, n231 p9-14 Nov 2012
Pattern can be identified in many forms. Mathematicians appreciate pattern and its ability to describe, to explain, to determine, to create a sense of security--"I can see a pattern...", and pattern is part of the sense making process for learners, from a very early age. Number squares exhibit a multiplicity of patterns that may vary according to the person "observing" arrays of numbers. How often do we plan tasks and activities to develop the observational skills of learners?--A skill that is a prerequisite to pattern spotting. Here there are tasks and activities that you might choose to use in your classroom tomorrow. When did you last appreciate the potential of a 5 x 5 number square? Seeing a pattern is just the beginning. (Contains 17 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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