How many blocks in the 4th pattern? The 5th? How about the 13th?This prompt comes from a website called
Visual Patterns, orvisualpatterns.org, a website that builds curiosity through patterns of similar objects. Created by Fawn Nguyen, the goal of each Visual Pattern prompt is to get the participant thinking about a pattern, or algorithm, that could be used to predict a future step. Fawn has two detailed blog posts about how she uses Visual Patterns in her class, so check them out (Post 1 and Post 2).Here are some tips on using Visual Patterns at home:- Give time to think about each rather than rushing through the thought process
- Using visuals of your own is a plus. Do you have toothpicks? Sugar cubes? Rocks? Anything in mass quantities that children can manipulate will help build the connection between the pattern and future steps
- Justification is key; encourage children to explain their reasoning
- Avoid doing the work for your child(ren). Rather, work through a challenging step together, taking the backseat to their creativity and innovation
How did we get from step __ to step __ ?Tell me a little more about... What about going one more step? What happens then? Potential vocabulary: Justify, steps, iteration, multiple, algorithmWhat we want to avoid with a Visual Pattern is forcing the participant to structure their thinking in a specific way. Let the creativity take over and, if it isn't working, talk about how some minor changes might help guide the process. Hopefully this week's Table Talk Math did that for you and your dinner table! If not, see the post below that might be more suitable for a more challenging puzzle. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on Twitter (@TableTalkMath) or reply to this email. Thank you for taking the time to improve math fluency for children, one table talk conversation at a time.
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Table Talk Newsletter #2
Would You Rather have the bag on the left and share it with 1 friend OR the bag on the right and share it with 7 friends?This prompt comes from a website called Would You Rather Math, orwouldyourathermath.com, a website that puts two or three scenarios against each other and asks students to choose one, then justify the choice. Created by John Stevens, the goal of each WYRmath prompt is to get a solid conversation going that would be better justified if there was some math involved. While it isn't necessary to use math as a means of defending your choice, it sure does help with over the other side of the argument.Here are some tips on using Would You Rather Math at home:- Give time to think about each rather than rushing through the thought process
- There is no such thing as a single correct answer
- Justification is key; encourage children to explain their reasoning
- Feel free to swap out the product in the image for something your child(ren) would enjoy discussing. For example, this post is about Sun Chips. Maybe those don't resonate, so choose a flavor/brand that will (all while promoting healthy eating habits, of course).
- Avoid an actual argument. If things are getting heated, let's call it good and move on.
- Avoid hunting for a mathematical explanation. If the math comes, great. If not, but the explanation is still sound, great! You've just had a good conversation with your child and that's perfectly fine.
Some potential sentence starters for using WYRmath at your dinner table: Can you explain what you mean by...?Tell me a little more about... How might you explain this to your friend? Potential vocabulary: Justify, defend, rate, unit rate, conversionWhat we want to avoid with a WYRmath task is making a child feel like they've been duped or conned into having a conversation about math; let it happen naturally and, as you engage in more of these, the discussion will naturally flow. Hopefully this week's Table Talk Math did that for you and your dinner table! If not, see the post below that might be more suitable for older children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on Twitter (@TableTalkMath) or reply to this email. Thank you for taking the time to improve math fluency for children, one table talk conversation at a time. Check out this week's newsletter in Spanish, as translated by Ed Campos, Jr.
Taking a look at the four images above, which one of them does not belong in the group? This is a great conversation starter for people of all ages because it encourages us to think about what makes each image unique and how it might have different properties than the others.This prompt comes from a website called Which One Doesn't Belong, or www.wodb.ca, and it is loaded with a variety of free images just like this one. Created by Mary Bourassa and Christopher Danielson, the goal of each WODB is to spark a conversation and to get students engaged in the properties of each image.Here are some tips on using Which One Doesn't Belong at home:- Give time to think about each rather than rushing through the thought process
- There is no such thing as a single correct answer
- Justification is key; encourage children to explain their reasoning
- If it seems like the prompt is "too easy", spice things up a bit by asking your child(ren) for two reasons why their image does not belong
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