# 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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### 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.

### Monster choir: making patterns

Help monsters in a choir to make animal sounds in order. Make a sequence of up to four sounds. Choose monsters so that their sounds match the sequence. Repeat the pattern to make a song.

### Monster choir: missing monsters

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### Tessellate decorate: squares

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of squares. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of squares to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the squares in the play space. This learning ...

### Kitchen stacker: sort the groceries 2

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### Top drawer teachers: patterns

This is a web page that comprehensively covers the teaching of finding, explaining and linking patterns through links to six sections. The first section covers the ‘Big ideas’ behind patterns, while the second section uses research findings to identify some common stumbling blocks when learning about patterns. The third ...

### Tessellate decorate: rectangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of rectangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of rectangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the rectangles in the play space. This ...

### Cake time: Peg + cat

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

### Monster choir: look and listen

Help monsters in a choir to make animal and instrumental sounds in order. Look at a sequence of two or three shapes: squares, circles and triangles. Choose monsters so that their sounds match the shape pattern. Repeat the pattern to make a song. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

### Kitchen stacker: sort the groceries 1

Place groceries into kitchen cupboards. Sort them according to a common property such as size, colour or container type. For example, group them as bottles, cans or boxes. Then group them according to two common properties. This learning object is one in a series of five learning objects. The series is also packaged as ...

### Tessellate decorate: right-angled triangles

Decorate a room in a house with patterns made of right-angled triangles. Choose a part of the room to decorate. Select a tessellation of right-angled triangles to make. Copy the pattern and see it cover part of the room. Finish decorating the room with two more tessellations. Create your own designs with the right-angled ...

### 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.

### reSolve: Patterns: Attribute Train

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### 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.

### Investigating the Dilution Series

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### 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 ...

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### Starting Smart: what's next in the pattern? - early years

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### Starting Smart: materials: classification and number

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### Patterns

This resource is a group activity that teaches problem-solving and prediction-making skills. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements, the resource contains an 8-step lesson plan for producing visual patterns according to a unique set of rules. Groups then swap patterns, and are required to identify the new rules and predict the ...

### Top drawer teachers

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### STEAM: Learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in and through the Arts

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### Starting Smart: the art of communication: pattern, order and number

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### Finding symmetry: one line: garden

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