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By: Monica Neagoy & Jennifer Bay-Williams

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

Chapter 8: Behind Patterns of Cubes— Algebra Connections

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Behind Patterns of Cubes— Algebra Connections
Behind patterns of cubes— algebra connections

The overarching goal of this chapter, through the analysis of the Patterns of Cubes (“Patterns”) lesson, is to make explicit the connections between patterns and functions, and between these concepts and algebra. First a few words about each.

Patterns of all kinds affect all aspects of our lives; they include political, economic, meteorological, circadian, and health patterns to name a few. To effectively understand and control the changing world we live in, we must be attentive to patterns of change and learn to discern them. In Chapter 7, we saw that mathematics as a major field of study is defined in the 21st century as the science of patterns. As early childhood research shows, ...

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