Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pattern Blocks and Atrribute Blocks, Oh My!

Attribute blocks are math manipulatives that have four different features:

* shape
* color
* size
* thickness

The four shapes are circles, hexagons, squares, and triangles. The three colors are red, blue, and yellow. The two sizes are big and small. The two thicknesses are thick and thin. Attribute blocks are a good introduction to logical thinking for young learners.

Pattern blocks come in 6 colors and shapes - yellow hexagons, green triangles, blue diamond shaped rhombus, red trapezoids, orange squares and a smaller beige rhombus.

Using pattern blocks when teaching math not only develops math vocabulary but also helps children understand many other math concepts such as symmetry, order, counting, number operations, data collection, and estimation.

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