Pattern Recognition

First-Grade Project-Variety

“We are color coding patterns in a weird way,” is how Hannah described her work in First-Grade Project Variety today. Students around her colored different patterns onto the block letters of their names.

“We code them by the symmetry of the letters. If it’s vertical symmetry, we do purple hearts,” Elaina elaborated.

“If it’s horizontal, we use red hearts,” added Hannah.

Confused, Erinn and I looked at the students’ papers to try to understand the “code”.

“Some letters have no lines of symmetry,” explained Elliana. “Like F, G, J, L, N.” When we expressed our confusion, Elliana assured us: “It’s quite easy for us.”

“J has no symmetry,” Jada further explained. “You can’t fold it in half. The pattern for no symmetry letters is green stars.” Other letters have vertical symmetry – A, H, I, for example. Letters like “E” in Elliana have horizontal symmetry and are coded by using a pattern of red hearts.

It’s only day 2, but students had already completed several projects involving patterns. Inked hand prints showed “the lines of patterns on our hands,” said Ruby. She learned that no hand prints have the same patterns.

Students also created a “Pattern Person,” much like a paper doll dressed in the patterns students wore the first day.

Even though the Bloggers were momentarily perplexed, the kids are characteristically nailing it.

Patterns are “things that repeat,” shared Lydia.

“They’re made with a lot of things – numbers, foods, letters,” added Olivia.

“And, they never end,” said Lucas.

Caleb summed it up: “Patterns are the same things that can be different colors and different sizes.”

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