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Games with the multiplication table
The following was translated from this post by Jane Kats. Translation and translator’s notes are by Yulia Shpilman. (Translator’s note: I taught a lesson inspired by this post to my math circle for 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday and … Continue reading
Fibonacci Trees
For two weeks in a row, in our joint 1st5th grade math classes, a certain famous sequence made its appearance. The activities were seemingly very different: in the first one we were climbing stairs one or two steps at a … Continue reading
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Tagged 2nd grade, 3rd grade, fibonacci sequence, Main Line Classical Academy, mathematical art, patterns, sequences
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Great Mathematicians, Old and Young
Almost every week, I read or tell my second grade class a story about a famous mathematician. Recently, we have been reading from the book Mathematicians Are People Too: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians and the students have been … Continue reading
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Tagged 2nd grade, addition, arithmetic, famous mathematicians, Main Line Classical Academy, pascal's triangle, patterns
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What is a pattern?
This week in Kindergarten our focus was on patterns. I began by asking the kids whether they knew what a pattern was. All said “yes” in unison. So I called on someone to tell me. “It’s when you have one … Continue reading
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Tagged books, Kindergarten, Main Line Classical Academy, mathematical art, patterns, tessellations
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What makes a pattern?
Last year, a large fraction of the small amount of math that Katie did in Kindergarten consisted of basic patterns. “Red, blue, red, blue, red” what comes next? And the more advanced version of that with three repeating colors or … Continue reading
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Tagged 7 years old, amusing conversation, patterns, philosophical, school math
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First Patterns
I had been wondering when I would make my first post about Katie’s younger sister Zoe. Just like I generally do with Katie, I decided that I would wait until I got inspired by something Zoe did. And so, about … Continue reading
Katie’s Triangle
Those familiar with Pascal’s Triangle would probably immediately recognize its beginnings in the following: However, as I was giving this to Katie, I realized that from this much information the pattern is far from obvious. For example, a 4 in … Continue reading