Complex patterns, complex thinking?

We continue to work on patterning and have added a new level of complexity. The children made a pattern and then transferred it to another form. An example would be a red, blue, red, blue pattern transferring into a sound pattern bing,bong, bing, bong or a number pattern 10,11,10,11.

We wanted to add yet another level of thinking.  How complex could children make patterns? An example being 1,1,2,2,3,1,1,2,2,3.

Could they identify the repeating element of a pattern? An example being 1,1,2,2,3,1,1,2,2,31,1,2,2,31,1,2,2,3,1,1,2,2,3.

Thinking Routine, What makes you say that?

We will work on making our thinking visible as we ponder the complexity of patternw with our learning community, including our buddies. Grade 4N will go on a pattern hunt with KP and explore the questions,”Why do people design things with patterns? What is the purpose of the pattern? When they formulate an answer we will challenge them to ‘dig deeper’ and explain their thinking by asking the question, What makes you say that?

Complex patterns