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A square dot sheet has equally spaced dots aligned vertically and horizontally. Many interesting investigations can be devised with this simple learning material.

Many people are of the opinion that mathematics is only about numbers and number operations, and thus myths related to who can do mathematics and who cannot, abound. It is possible that children may struggle with numbers, but it is hard to believe that there could be a child who doesn’t recognize patterns. We see children creating patterns all the time using stones, sticks, leaves, flowers, finger prints, vegetable carvings, rubber stamp impressions and also mathematical shapes.

With the help of this Lesson Plan children will start understanding and appreciating visual patterns.

Some Practice questions to work with visual patterns.

Through this presentation children will develop an understanding of visual patterns.

The topic of cellular automata has many interesting and wide ranging applications to real life problems emerging from areas such as image processing, cryptography, neural networks, developing electronic devices and modelling biological systems. In fact cellular automata can be a powerful tool for modelling many kinds of systems.

Got a free period? You thought of helping your learners pick up stitching. Not from a utilitarian angle, but a genuine creative expression, you know stitching can weave magic. You also wish to tell a story. Well, here is a primer which does the same! Nandini Majumdar's minimal text & Zarina Khatun's amazing needlework tell the story like no other.

There is an interesting twist to this age old tale of finding what come next! The underlying question is this: given the initial (say) five terms of a sequence, can we say with any degree of certainty what the next term must be? Let’s say we have found a nice pattern in the given initial portion; can we be sure that the sequence has been generated with just that pattern in mind?

Swati Sircar and Sneha Titus, writing on the Sums of Consecutive Natural Numbers, show how mental mathematics becomes visual all of a sudden, and this Low Floor High Ceiling activity is sure to appeal to a variety of learning styles.

Mathematical investigations are perfect for Low Floor High Ceiling activities. Here, we have described how a simple pattern can be recognized, investigated, played with and generalized. If your students have enjoyed DADS Rule, do let them try the same strategies with other number patterns; we hope they rule!

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