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reSolve: Patterns in a Circle

This sequence of lessons explores the various possibilities for constructing a circular pattern using different colours. Students decorate party hats using two and then three different coloured pompoms and investigate the combinations that arise. They then create circular patterns using four colours and identify similarities and differences between these patterns. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, materials needed, discussion points and templates for students. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Mathematics by Inquiry program.

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Year level(s) Foundation
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords patterns, classification, sorting, combinations

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Algebra, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Patterns and algebra
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMNA005

Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings

National numeracy learning progression Number patterns and algebraic thinking - NPA1, NPA2

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reSolve Maths by Inquiry

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