Numeric Patterner

Describes a pattern numerically, can translate between the geometric and numeric representation of a series. Initially, can extend simple growing patterns, with those growing by 1 earlier in development than those growing by 2 or more. In later functional thinking, builds and perceives a t-chart as a sequence of particular instances.


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Other Examples:

  • Given objects in a geometric pattern, describes the numeric progression.
  • Given a situation and asked to generate data for a t-chart, children build each column separately, by counting or skip counting.

Help your student become a(n) Numeric Patterner

Activities support a substantial advance from simple repeating patterns to understanding patterns that change (growing patterns--the simplest of which are "stairs" from 1 to 10, and then others such as triangular numbers). That is, patterns do not just repeat, but change in number. Discuss the patterns, challenging children to translate between geometric and numeric representation of each series.

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.