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Making patterns

Pattern is an important part of mathematics. Recognising that a sequence of objects makes a pattern, being able to copy, extend and explain the pattern is an important step towards understanding number patterns.

Digit Dog has been making a repeating pattern – a sequence that is governed by a rule. What is Digit Dog’s rule?

outdoor AB pattern DD

Can you copy Digit Dog’s pattern?

Can you continue the pattern?

Calculating Cat has also made a repeating pattern.

outdoor AB pattern CC

Look at both patterns.

What is the same? What is different?

These are both AB patterns. Two objects form the repeating unit.

Digit Dog has used a stick and a leaf:

Stick, leaf, stick, leaf, stick, leaf…………..

A, B, A, B, A, B……………..

Calculating Cat has used different objects but there are still two objects repeating over and over:

A, B, A, B, A, B……………..

Leaf, stone, leaf, stone, leaf, stone ………….

Can you make an AB pattern?

Start a pattern and see if someone else can continue it.


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