Various materials were set out as a provocation. We set out teddy bear counters, 10 frames, blank paper and pencils, and an abacus.
Children used the 10 frame to show their thinking. Most children chose to use 2 different colours to represent on and off. Alternatively, some children filled some squares and left some blank.
Some children acted the problem out using their bodies. They sang the song that accompanied the book one at a time to determine the different combinations.
The children had been noticing and exploring patterns in the classroom, outdoors, and on their clothing. In our building area, we noticed one of the students had created a structure which he explained to be a “booby trap”. In order to get into the trap, the other children had to guess his pattern code from a panel that he had created. To extend this experience further, we saved the structure over the next few days and provided materials for children to explore this challenge even further. Together with the children we developed the problem:
Various materials were added closer to the building area. The structure was saved and the panel was visible for children while solving the problem. We provided blank paper, geometric shapes, stickers, and stamps.