Saturday, 14 December 2013

Patterns in squares in Year 4

We been having a look at patterns of squares using Cuisenaire rods in Year 4, starting by just making any design featuring as square.

At first it wasn't as simple as that might sound. We were getting a lot of almost-squares. Look, for instance, at this one, created on the Cuisenaire Environment -

At first it fooled a lot of us! It's got at ten on each side...

A lot of interesting patterns emerged worth following up.

It would be interesting to think of mathematical question about these shapes. With the faces for instance, how does the perimeter progress in each of the two kinds of pattern? What area of table is visible in each?

Pascal, Paloma, Parsang and Perry Perimeter
(Also published on the Year 4 blog.)