Some of the questions were:
What makes a pattern?
How are patterns the same?
How are patterns different?
Can a pattern grow and repeat at the same time?
Can a pattern decrease?
Is a pattern always in a straight line?
Do numbers have patterns?
Students were excited to use a variety of classroom materials to investigate these questions. While they investigate and explore I encourage the development of thinking and communication skills by asking questions, listening to explanations, recording, reflecting, and encouraging them to share their ideas with their peers. Learning takes patience and time and is very social. By providing opportunities for collaborative work we deepen their understanding and communication skills.