Students use Pattern Shapes to explore geometry and fractions, creating their own designs, or filling in outlines. As they work with the shapes students explore geometric relationships, think about angles, investigate symmetry, and compose and decompose larger shapes. Many of these explorations lead naturally to thinking about fractions as parts of a whole. This virtual version of pattern blocks is an open-ended educational tool, ideal for elementary classrooms and other learning environments. Pattern blocks are a key model used in Bridges in Mathematics, second edition. Online preview available at: www.mathlearningcenter.org/bridges
- Rotate shapes in increments of 5 degrees.
- Measure angles with the protractor tool.
- Duplicate and change the color and size of shapes.
- Fill the built-in outlines with shapes or create your own.
- Choose between a triangular or square grid, or use a blank background
- Use the drawing tools to annotate work and show understanding.
- Write equations and expressions with the text tool.