Using Common Objects to Understand Patterns in Tables

4 thoughts on “Using Common Objects to Understand Patterns in Tables”

1. Mrs. Kirk, I needed a teacher like you when I was a kid! For those students like myself, to whom mathematical patterns did not instantly congeal into perfect sense, I thank you from the bottom of my math-hating heart! You mention helping ‘students see the real life relationship to help make analysis and test prep problems more “real”’, and I want to echo this from the rooftops to any other math teachers who might be within hearing distance! Yes, please.

Thanks for this great post. I’m getting ready to introduce multiplication facts to my oldest and I will be sure to pull in toy cars for patterning purposes at the beginning. 🙂

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• Mrs. Kirk

Thank you Christina! I have fun coming up with ways to make the math more meaningful. I hope your son likes using toy cars for his math!

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2. These are such great ideas for teaching patterns in tables. When I was a student, I needed concrete examples to be able to understand any concept. I wish I had a teacher with these kinds of creative, hands-on lessons, then math might not have been my worst subject. Love how you are bringing math into the real world, and letting students explore these concepts with concrete objects and examples. Thank you for sharing!

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• Mrs. Kirk

Thanks Amanda! I really try to find creative ways to help students understand the tougher concepts!

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