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# Tag Archives: patterns

### Multiplication Facts – Sevens

I was working with a tutoring client yesterday and we were focusing on the multiplication facts with seven.

Instead of doing the basic chanting andÂ quizzing, I decided to go a different route.

### We looked at the patterns.

If you look at the last digit in the answers, you’ll see that every digit is represented:

We continued to play with the answers and watched for patterns for the first digits.

Then we looked at the multiplication facts from 11 through 20 using seven. The last digits on those followed the same pattern!

### Does this help memorization of the multiplication facts?

Children feel the pressure of memorizing math facts. You can reduce this pressure by moving toward something more familiar or fun – like patterns.

My client will still have to perform well on the multiplication facts test. But hopefully the fun we had with them will stick with her through it.

Share your thoughts in the comments – and don’t forget to tweet it out too!

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### 6 Responses to Multiplication Facts – Sevens

1. T. says:

Lovely example of slowing things down to ‘smell the patterns’, so to speak!

• Bon says:

Thanks, T. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

• Bon says:

Of course! I hope you are able to use it!

2. Great material. I tutor first graders and use exercises that are very similar. Thank you for posting.

• Bon says:

First graders are fun – and so curious. Rock on with your tutoring!

### Melissa & Doug’s Animal Pattern Blocks Set

Discover all sorts of great geometry things with Melissa & Doug’s Animal Pattern Blocks Set. Continue Reading

### Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game

Think Fun’s Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game teaches patterns, logic, strategy… in other words: MATH! Continue Reading

### 2 Responses to Rush Hour Traffic Jam Game

1. I’ve been eyeing this game for a while now, contemplating playing it with my son. Now I want it for myself At the same time I’m very curious to see how my son approaches this game. So looks like we’ll be trying it out in the next few days.

### Wrapping Paper – Doing the Math this Season

Is there really math everywhere? Yes indeed – even in wrapping paper! Continue Reading

### Improve Math Learning With Rubik’s Cube Art!

Rubikcubism, or Rubik’s Cube art, is something your kids can do to improve math learning – and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Continue Reading

Isn’t wordless Wednesday supposed to not have words? I’m totally messing that up – but it is a great photo of Fibonacci Baskets! Continue Reading

### 4 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Fibonacci Baskets

• Bon says:

Great dreams, I’m sure!

Did you see all the other Fibonacci stuff? Like the birthday party?

1. Danny Whittaker (@nemoyatpeace) says:

I see questions like this about baskets and think, hmmm, Excel could check that.

https://copy.com/duRxDWGx92GAx4bc

Here is the spreadsheet if you are curious. It works out how many new sets to purchase for each additional number. As with fibonacci numbers, the number of needed sets grows quite rapidly! Need to buy 39 sets just to fill the 13th number. Total of 102 for all first 13 numbers.

• Bon says:

Fun, Danny! Thanks for sharing that.

### Finding Patterns in a Lokta Paper Blank Book

Part of the Count 10 Read 10 series, this activity is good anywhere. Just about anything, from argyle socks to zoot suits can have curious patterns. Here’s one way to play with them. Continue Reading

### How Adding Evens and Odds is like Multiplying Positives and Negatives

Adding evens and odds has the same pattern as multiplying positive and negatives. I rediscovered this while playing cribbage – and keeping my eyes peeled for patterns! Continue Reading

### 5 Responses to How Adding Evens and Odds is like Multiplying Positives and Negatives

1. David Lewis says:

That’s it — you just noted the similarity of the two patterns and let it go at that? Have you looked a bit deeper at the phenomenon? The two patterns are actually related to a single, more general concept.

This would make a terrific investigation for kids at some level of development. I’m not sure exactly which level, but I bet it’s lower than you’d suspect to still get an interesting and enlightening experience.

• Bon says:

Actually, David, I don’t know what the underlying concept is. I actually didn’t even think there was one. Which is amazingly narrow minded for me. I guess sometimes I just take things as they are and let them be. I’ll think about it now that you’ve written it. (I prefer to think on it before I google it.) Thanks for prodding me to go further!

I’m in favor of earlier is better – and it sounds like you are too. I rarely consider a concept too advanced for an age. Doing certain problems can be too advanced simply because of attention spans, vocabulary or stamina. But concepts are almost always perfect for kids who are x years old!

2. Well, there you did it. You got my paper and pencil out.

The “natural” extension of ‘POS x NEG = NEG‘ is NOPE. What is NOPE? It is ‘ODD number of NEG factors = NEG; EVEN number of NEG factors = POS’. (Try it.)

So, along the same line, is ‘ODD number of ODD addends = ODD; EVEN number of ODD addends = EVEN‘ true in all cases?

• Bon says:

Wow, dude.

Curious.

I’m going to have to ponder that one more.

(I got your paper and pencil out. You’re clearly gettin’ my brain going in a different direction!)

### In How Many Ways Can You Solve the Thiagi Circles Jolt?

A fun puzzle from world famous Thiagi – and the number of different ways to solve it! Continue Reading

### Teaching Patterns with Playful Bath Shapes

Differentiation is the foundation of learning. Curiosity comes in the form of “Why is that different?” And right behind it is “Why is that the same?” Continue Reading

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