Series: Focus on the Child

Pattern with Child 14

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This second grader extends a repeating shape pattern to ordinal numbers.

Focus on the Child videos are taken from one-on-one interviews with individual children. The interviews are designed to elicit evidence of children’s mathematical thinking. They are not teaching episodes or formal assessments.

Why is this important?

This second grader recognizes the repeating shapes but does not make use of the quantitative structure of the pattern. CCSS Standard for Mathematical Practice #7 asks children to look for and make use of structure.

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Big Idea

Identifying the rule of a pattern brings predictability and allows one to make generalizations. More

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Common Core Alignment

Operations and Algebraic Thinking More

Foundational Math Concepts

Source: Erikson Institute • Copyright: Erikson Institute • Content ID: EMTR205 ➀

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