At our school, teachers are assigned a hallway bulletin board to decorate. My month was February so I knew I wanted to do something related to Valentine's Day. Since we've been studying fractions, we decided to make a fraction board! Some students solved for equivalent fractions, some changed mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa, some found simplest form, and some compared two fractions. I thought it turned out cute!
Now, I need some advice from you! I ordered pattern blocks for my toddler for Valentine's Day. He LOVES blocks and LOVES to learn (alphabet, colors, etc) so I know he'll just love these pattern blocks. I bought these from Discount School Supply for only $18 for 250 wooden ones. I thought that was a great deal!
Now, here's my question. I have TONS of pattern blocks at school, but rarely use them in Math. I have completely organized all of my Math manipulatives at school because our school is placing a large order on manipulatives needed next year when we implement Common Core standards. Our district Math coach help us to identify what we would need per grade level and she said we'd need pattern blocks. I will admit, I haven't focused much on Common Core standards, except for Writing, since we haven't implemented them. But, I would love to hear how upper elementary teachers (especially 3rd-5th) use pattern blocks in Math.