• NUMBER: Fractions
• Geometry: Angle, shape, symmetry
• Measurement: Area
Technically speaking, Pattern Block pieces are prisms, because they are three-dimensional and you can pick them up. The same is true of any block, When referring to Pattern Block pieces they are named according to the face.
Using Pattern Blocks
Perimeter and Area
Typical Classroom Requirements
Support and Complementary Materials
Geoland mirrors may be used to help teachers gain the most from a set of Pattern Blocks. A piece such as the orange square may be wedged into the corner of the hinged mirrors and the size of the angle determined with a little reasoning. The student will notice one original piece and 3 images, making a total of four pieces. The pieces can be seen to be arranged around a point. There are 360 degrees in a circle (or the total angle) so the angle must be 360 ÷ 4 or 90 degrees.
Pattern Block Activity Cards provide extra support to help teachers gain the most from the Pattern Block pieces. Initially, young children need to build shapes and copy shapes as they develop familiarity with the blocks. Later, activity cards may be used to introduce students to concepts such as symmetry.
Pattern Blocks Book
Various Activity Cards