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By: Monica Neagoy & Jennifer Bay-Williams

In: Planting the Seeds of Algebra, PreK-2: Explorations for the Early Grades

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Exploration III Patterns and Functions: What's the Connection?
Exploration III. patterns and functions: what's the connection?

What humans do with the language of mathematics is to describe patterns. Mathematics is an exploratory science that seeks to understand every kind of pattern—patterns that occur in nature, patterns invented by the human mind, and even patterns created by other patterns. To grow mathematically, children must be exposed to a rich variety of patterns appropriate to their own lives through which they can see variety, regularity, and interconnections.

Lynn Arthur Steen (1990)

Photo by Monica Neagoy

Rationale for Exploration III
  • Mathematics in the science of patterns.
  • By exploring patterns, students develop the habits of mind to notice, express, and analyze regularities in the world and in their minds. In the primary grades, venturing ...

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