by Joe Champion
Pattern blocks are a great way to combine fractions and geometry. Using tasks like “Can you create a house that’s 1/3 blue?”, I’ll share some unique ways pattern blocks can help bring out students’ creativity and problem solving skills while extending their understanding of fractions.
– ME by the SEa 2012 Conference Program
- Problem Solving with Pattern Blocks – Handout (MS Word)
- Problem Solving with Pattern Blocks – Handout (PDF)
- Problem Solving with Pattern Blocks – Some Anwers
- Email email@example.com for the full article on pattern blocks (under review).
Pattern Block Resources
Good resources for problem solving with pattern blocks are surprisingly hard to find. See below for some of the best.
- Pattern Block Designs | Example 1 | Example 2 – by MathToybox.com
- The Funky Cookie Problem – by Ellington and Whitenack
- How to Use Pattern Blocks – by National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
- Perfect Fit – by PBS (see Lesson Description)
- Pattern Block Mats – by prekinders.com
- Printable Pattern Block Templates – by Linda Crawford
- What About the Square and the Tan Rhombus? – by Marilyn Burns