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# Mathematics / Foundation / Number and Algebra / Patterns and algebra

Curriculum content descriptions

Sort and classify familiar objects and explain the basis for these classifications. Copy, continue and create patterns with objects and drawings (ACMNA005)

Elaborations
• observing natural patterns in the world around us
• creating and describing patterns using materials, sounds, movements or drawings
General capabilities
• Literacy Literacy
• Numeracy Numeracy
• Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
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### reSolve: Patterns: Attribute Train

This sequence of two lessons explores the similarity and differences of objects based on attributes. The sequence begins by looking at the attributes of colour and shape and then introduces a third attribute of size. Students are asked to determine what an object might look like when one or two of its attributes are changed. ...

### reSolve: Statistics - Shoes

This lesson engages students in gathering and representing data on the shoes that students wear to school. Students work together as a class to sort their shoes into different categories of their choosing. They organise and represent their data using a picture graph, then use the graph to answer questions and make simple ...

### Tray Bake

This resource is a web page containing a short task to explore counting patterns. Dominoes are used to make counting patterns, add the next two dominoes that follow the pattern. A printable resource is also available to support the task. This resource is an activity from the NRICH website.

### Next Domino

This resource is a web page containing a short task to explore counting patterns. Dominoes are used to make counting patterns, add the next two dominoes that follow the pattern. A printable resource is also available to support the task. This resource is an activity from the NRICH website.

### Investigating the Dilution Series

This resource is a web page containing a short task to explore counting patterns. Dominoes are used to make counting patterns, add the next two dominoes that follow the pattern. A printable resource is also available to support the task. This resource is an activity from the NRICH website.

### Cake time: Peg + cat

Peg and Cat use a pattern to decorate a cake. See what type of pattern they use.

### reSolve: Patterns in a circle

This sequence of lessons explores the various possibilities for constructing a circular pattern using different colours. Students decorate party hats using two and then three different coloured pompoms and investigate the combinations that arise. They then create circular patterns using four colours and identify similarities ...

### Sites2See: Patterns and Algebra

Selected links to a range of interactive online resources for the study of patterns and algebra in Foundation to Year 6 Mathematics.

### Using data about favourite foods

Flynn helps Dodly gather information about monsters' favourite foods for Dodly's new cafe menu. Watch and learn while the two monsters research their friends' favourite foods and then display and organise this information. Will Flynn ever get fed at Cafe de Dodly?

### Garden detective: explore an Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

### Ironing clothes in the olden days

How do your parents get all the wrinkles out of your clothes? Do you sometimes see your parents using an iron? In the olden days there was no electricity, so the iron had to be heated up on a fire. In this video, Buckingham House volunteer Jeannie Green shows us some old-fashioned irons and explains how people used them. ...

### Growing rice

What is your favourite way to eat rice? This clip shows how rice is planted, grown and harvested in many different countries (places in the world). View the different foods made with rice.

### An old camera

Watch as Margot shows you a camera from around 100 years ago! How would you describe it? How is it different to the cameras we use today? Are there any similarities? Can you find the lens on the camera that you or your family uses to take photos? How was getting your photo taken in the olden days different from the way ...

### Odd and even numbers

Do you know what makes an odd number and what makes an even number? There are a few ways to test whether a number is odd or even. Find out about one method in this video, then see if you can discover at least one other method.

### Breathing under the water

What would it be like to breathe under water? See the equipment humans use to help them swim under water. Find out about the special features fish have that help them 'breathe' under water.

### South Australia's ancient sea fossils

Come on a palaeontologist's dig at Emu Bay, South Australia, and discover some weird-looking creatures frozen in stone. Find out what these fossils tell scientists about life on the ancient sea floor. There is a demonstration of how a fossil is formed, and you'll be surprised by the types of materials that have been preserved.

### Testing the 5-second rule

When it comes to dropping food, have you heard of the 5-second rule? Or the 3-second rule? Watch this video to learn what really happens when you drop food. In order to cause disease, what must bacteria do? What circumstances allow bacteria and viruses to contaminate food more successfully?

### Digging palaeontology

Palaeontologists piece together what ancient life looked like by observing fossilised remains, like an insect from 20 million years ago, dino droppings, tracks and egg shells.

### The Australian Museum Science Festival

Find out about some of the great things on offer at the Australian Museum Science Festival. View some of the workshops and experiments at the Australian Museum, Sydney.