- Given an outline of a hexagon shape, a child uses pattern blocks and through trial and error fills the shape multiple times. For example, once with 6 triangles and once with three rhombi.
Help your student become a(n) Substitution Composer
These activities challenge children to build the same shape in many different ways using different shape substitutions. Activities and encouragement should lead them to be systematic. As a simple example, they may make a pattern block hexagon from two trapezoids and then keep one of the trapezoids but substitute a blue rhombus and a triangle. Then they keep the trapezoid and the triangle, but substitute two more triangles for the rhombus. Ensure they do this intentionally, rather than by trial and error.