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:
How did we get from step __ to step __ ?
Tell me a little more about...
What about going one more step? What happens then?
Justify, steps, iteration, multiple, algorithm
What 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.
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