August 15, 2011
Pattern Blocks are my number one choice of manipulatives because of their versatility. For children pre-K thru Kindergarten, they can be used for counting, sorting colors, identifying basic shapes, and simple patterns. Elementary-age children can use them for more sophisticated patterns, creating identical shapes with different pattern blocks, beginning fractions, area, and perimeter which in turn reinforce addition. Kids never tired of them! When teaching middle school and high school age children, I use them to teach identifying and measuring angles, finding the sum of interior angles, finding how many triangles make up a given polygon and symmetry. Hurray for Pattern Blocks of multi-purpose!
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