This investigation is an opportunity for children to practice sorting, classifying, and organizing information, as well as recognizing, generalizing and predicting patterns. Learners arrange images of houses and teddy bears in an array such that each row and column contains all four colors of each. By progressing gradually from a 3 by 3 grid to a 6 by 6 grid, they develop systematic, strategic thinking. The Teachers' Notes page offers rationale, suggestions for implementation, discussion questions, and a link to an extension activity, Tea Cups (cataloged separately).


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