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I used three lolly sticks to make one small triangle:
I added more lolly sticks to make four small triangles:
How many lolly sticks have I used altogether now?
I decided to add another 'row' of small triangles.
Can you picture in your head what this will look like?
How many small triangles will there be?
How many lolly sticks will I have used in total?
Once you have had a think, you might like to check by making the pattern yourself, or by sketching it.
You could click below to see what my pattern looked like.
I carried on adding rows of small triangles, and I found many patterns.
Have a go yourself! You could use lolly sticks or straws or..., or you could draw lines.
This investigation starts in a very practical way so that all learners can take part. It can lead to several interesting number patterns and is a good context in which pupils can begin to generalise.
You could draw one triangle on the board and indicate that it is made from three lolly sticks (or lines etc). Tell the class that you are going to extend the drawing with another row of triangles, and draw them underneath the first small triangle. Ask how many more lolly sticks/lines you have used and therefore how many are now used altogether.
Invite children to predict how many more lines will be needed for another row in the pattern. Can they make a prediction without drawing? Take some suggestions with reasons, then check how many are needed by drawing the arrangement. Focusing on the different ways the children explain how they visualised the arrangement will help them to build up a pattern of what is happening.
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?