# Mathematical Repeating Patterns

Room 14 explored how to create repeating patterns and the attributes that are included in these patterns.

Room 14 explored how to create repeating patterns and the attributes that are included in these patterns.

Our learning activity consisted of four table rotations so students could use different materials to make their patterns. One table had cuisenaire rods, another different coloured counters, another plastic teddy bears of various sizes and the final table had circular connectors.

As a class we discussed what an attribute means in a mathematical context.

What is an attribute?

What could be another attribute?

What could be another attribute of the materials that we could use to create a pattern on our table rotation?

To fully understand what was required to make a repeated pattern I asked the students the meaning of ‘create’ and ‘continue.’

The students were asked to use the materials to make a sequential pattern. I explained that a sequential pattern is one that repeats in a particular order.

The students practised a repeated pattern on the whiteboard. I asked them what shape comes next and how many attributes did it show.

Attributes

1 - shape circle

6 - different sizes

4- different colours

Johnny is using a flower pattern to repeat. The centre is yellow with a colour counter and white ring around the centre counter.
Lucy and Mason explained their coloured counters showing two, three, and four coloured repeating patterns.
Kimberley could explain how she made the repeated patterns using different shapes, sizes, and colours.

Keywords: repeated patterns, create, continue, sequential

### Room 14 explored how to create repeating patterns and the attributes that are included in these patterns.

Our learning activity consisted of four table rotations so students could use different materials to make their patterns. One table had cuisenaire rods, another different coloured counters, another plastic teddy bears of various sizes and the final table had circular connectors.

As a class we discussed what an attribute means in a mathematical context.

What is an attribute?

Lucy could say that it describes one part of a thing, like a shape.

What could be another attribute?

Piper said it could be the colour.

What could be another attribute of the materials that we could use to create a pattern on our table rotation?

Zoey said the size.

To fully understand what was required to make a repeated pattern I asked the students the meaning of ‘create’ and ‘continue.’

Wyatt was able to answer, create meaning to make something.

Kimberley said, Continue - meaning more than once.

The students were asked to use the materials to make a sequential pattern. I explained that a sequential  pattern is one that repeats in a particular order.

The students practised a repeated pattern on the whiteboard. I asked them what shape comes next and how many attributes did it show.

Attributes

1 - shape  circle

6 - different sizes

4- different colours

Johnny is using a flower pattern to repeat. The centre is yellow with a colour counter and white ring around the centre counter.

Lucy and Mason explained their coloured counters showing two, three, and four coloured repeating patterns.

Kimberley could explain how she made the repeated patterns using different shapes, sizes, and colours.

Keywords: repeated patterns, create, continue, sequential

## Suzanne Flowers

My passion is to create a love of learning so my students become ‘lifelong learners’. My focus is the importance of acquiring knowledge so I can keep informed and keep my students up to date with new learning strategies.

I am a local here and enjoy all that Taupō has to offer. I love walking with my husband and dog by the lake or river, having coffee with friends, family gatherings, and gardening. When not in Taupō I enjoy being by the sea at Papamoa.