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Bottle Top Bugs – What’s the same? What’s different?

Noticing similarities and differences is key to spotting patterns and reasoning mathematically.

Choose 2 bottle top bugs and ask:  “What is the same?” “What is different?”

Explaining what you notice improves your mathematical language and thinking.

Digit Dog and Calculating Cat have each made a set of 3 bugs.

Look at the two sets of bugs and find similarities and differences. Accept all answers. Encourage learners to keep looking for more. Make a list that can be added to during the day / week.

What can you say about the two sets of bugs? What do you notice? Say what you see.

Can you think of anything that is the same about the two sets?

I can see that each set has 3 bugs. Each set has the same number of bugs.

Encourage and model the use of full sentences. You might want to ask learners to start their sentences with I notice that………..

Anything else?

I notice that in each set, the bugs have different coloured eyes.

I notice that the number of spots on all the bugs in both sets is an even number.

I notice that if you add up the number of spots, in each set the total is more than 10 .

I notice that both sets have two bugs with a double.

Can you think of more things that are the same about the two sets?

I notice that one set has all green bugs and the other has different colours.

Any other differences?

I notice that the total number of spots in each set is different.

I notice that all the bugs in Calculating Cat’s set have more than 7 spots, Digit Dog’s bugs have less than 7.

The total number of spots is different. Digit Dog’s total is half Calculating Cat’s total.

Make up some sets with a partner and look for similarities and differences.

Counters

Another chance to spot similarities and differences.

Look at the two sets of counters and see how many similarities and differences you can find.

Buttons

Helping children to notice similarities and differences helps them to spot patterns and to use their reasoning skills. Spotting patterns and logical reasoning are key when learning mathematics.

Ask children “What is the same?” “What is different?”

Then ask them to explain what they notice, this improves their language and thinking.

Look at the two sets of buttons. Find things that are the same about the two sets, for example, both sets have different coloured buttons in them. How many similarities can you find?

Now look for differences. Find things that are different about the two sets, for example, there are a different number of buttons in each set. How many differences can you find?

Make your own sets of objects and look for similarities and differences.

Compare the Easter eggs

Helping children to notice similarities and differences in everyday life helps them to spot patterns and to use their reasoning skills. Spotting patterns and logical reasoning are key when learning mathematics.

Ask children “What is the same?” “What is different?”

Then ask them to explain what they notice, this improves their language and thinking.

Digit Dog and Calculating Cat are playing “what’s the same and what’s different?” with their Easter eggs.

Look at the two eggs and find similarities and differences. Any answer is acceptable. Encourage children to keep looking for more. Make a list that can be added to.

What can you say about the two eggs? What do you notice?

Can you think of anything that is the same?

I can see that both eggs have Peter Rabbit on them.

Encourage and model the use of full sentences.

Anything else?

Both eggs are made of chocolate.

Both eggs are in a box.

Can you think of more things that are the same?

I can see that one egg has creme eggs in it and the other has mini eggs.

Any other differences?

The boxes are different colours.

Use your own Easter eggs to play this game.

What do you notice?

Look at Digit Dog’s two sets of Easter eggs.

What is the same about them?

What is different?

How many similarities and differences can you find?

Try making your own What do you notice? Find two objects and challenge someone to look for similarities and differences.

Posted in What's the same / different?

What’s the same? What’s different?

Noticing similarities and differences is key to spotting patterns and reasoning mathematically.

Ask learners “What is the same?” “What is different?”

Explaining what you notice improves your mathematical language and thinking.

Look at the two sets of bugs and find similarities and differences. Accept all answers. Encourage learners to keep looking for more. Make a list that can be added to during the day / week.

What can you say about the two groups of bugs? What do you notice?

Can you think of anything that is the same?

I can see that each group has 3 bugs. Each group has the same number of bugs.

Encourage and model the use of full sentences.

Anything else?

In each group, the bugs have different coloured eyes.

The number of spots on all the bugs in both groups is an even number.

If you add up the number of spots, in each group the total is more than 10 .

Both groups have two bugs with a double.

Can you think of more things that are the same?

I can see that one group has all green bugs and the other has different colours.

Any other differences?

The total number of spots in each group is different.

All the bugs in Calculating Cat’s group have more than 7 spots, Digit Dog’s bugs have less than 7.

The total number of spots is different. Digit Dog’s total is half Calculating Cat’s total.

Make up some of your own like this one.

What do you notice?

What’s the same and what is different about the pairs of bugs?

What has Calculating Cat noticed about the spots?

What patterns can you see?

Look at each pair: which bug has more spots? which bug has fewer spots? How many spots do they have altogether?

What if you were making 6 spots with just one bug? What patterns would you see then?

What if you made other numbers of spots?