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Patterns in Nature Class Kit

$380.00

Patterns are often considered the essence of mathematics. Noticing and discussing patterns, describing regularities, and making generalizations are all types of mathematical thinking. Patterns in math include repeating patterns, radiating patterns, and growing patterns and may include other mathematical concepts such as symmetry, shape, space, and size.

For each children’s book in this kit, there is a collection of instructional ideas along with inquiry questions to inspire and deepen learning. There are also math notes about patterns, as well as accompanying materials and tools that are referenced in the instructional materials, to support designing for learning about patterns.

Included in this kit:

Children’s Books: 

Educator Resources: 

Materials: 

Suggested optional add-on: 

If you have access to the materials for the Patterns in Nature Kit, we invite you to order just the Patterns in Nature Book & Resource Set.


Educator Resource Book: Patterns in Nature

Why the Natural World Looks the Way It Does

Though at first glance the natural world may appear overwhelming in its diversity and complexity, there are regularities running through it, from the hexagons of a honeycomb to the spirals of a seashell and the branching veins of a leaf. Revealing the order at the foundation of the seemingly chaotic natural world, Patterns in Nature explores not only the math and science but also the beauty and artistry behind nature’s awe-inspiring designs.

By exploring similarities such as those between a snail shell and the swirling stars of a galaxy, or the branches of a tree and those of a river network, this spectacular visual tour conveys the wonder, beauty, and richness of natural pattern formation.

This book is part of the new Patterns in Nature Kit!

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Patterns in Nature Resource Booklet

For each children’s book in this kit, there is a collection of instructional ideas along with inquiry questions to inspire and deepen learning.

There are also math notes about patterns. There are accompanying materials and tools that are referenced in the instructional materials, to support designing for learning about patterns.

And there are references and resources suggested to enhance the kit.

Set of 6 Sorting Mats

Each of the sorting mats is colour coded with 6 various sorting attributes. As an added feature, all mats are dry-erase.

 

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21st Century Pattern Blocks × 2

132 wooden tile blocks in 8 different shapes. Get ready for 4 new shapes to expand on patterns and building!

The classic Math for Love block set of yesterday meets the future with this 21st Century update. The brightly coloured wooden shapes fit together for endless combinations, perfect for teaching mathematics and for other STEAM applications.

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Sorting Box × 2

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10" Wooden Hoop × 2

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Wings, Waves & Webs

A visually stunning introduction to patterns found in nature. Perfect for early STEM learning in preschool and kindergarten.

From the dots on a ladybug to the spiral on a snail, patterns in nature can be found anywhere. This simple and playful concept book introduces the littlest of readers to both math and nature while engaging their creative potential. By the end, kids will be able to identify:

  • Spots and stripes
  • Spirals and symmetry
  • Waves and honeycombs
  • And more

After learning about key patterns, the book's final page—a striking sunflower—will inspire kids to find patterns for themselves. Vibrant and immersive, Wings, Waves & Webs invites young children to discover the beauty of the world around them.

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Flow, Spin, Grow: Looking for Patterns in Nature

Look around you and discover nature's incredible patterns! 

Branching, spiraling, spinning—you can find patterns almost anywhere in nature, if you look for them. This book is a starting point that introduces kids to some major patterns in the natural world. Just as the branches of a tree spread upwards into the sky, roots branch deep into the ground. Branches also spread through our bodies, inside our lungs and veins. Storms and snail shells spiral; electrons and galaxies spin.

With brief text and full-spread illustrations, this book is designed to inspire kids to observe, discover, and explore hidden structures and shapes in the natural world around them. Why are things the way they are? This question, key to scientific inquiry, runs throughout the text.

Artwork in multilayered screen prints shows how the natural world is inherently beautiful, from the curve of your ear to the spiraling arms of our galaxy. Kids will come away with new STEM knowledge and a deeper understanding that we are all connected to nature and part of its patterns.

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Shapes and Patterns in Nature

Indulge in the captivating world of colors! Dive into the world of the diverse shapes and patterns that are hiding everywhere in nature.

Nature and colors again? Why not! You’d be surprised how often the same shapes and patterns are repeated in nature. What is shaped like a heart or a star around us? Which animal, mineral, or plant is pointed and which of them wears wavy shapes? The ground, underground, even the deep dark seas are teeming with waves, dots, stripes, playful spots, curly spirals, and complicated patterns.

Even the tiniest ones have a place in nature and a reason to be there. Camouflage patterns help animals blend in with their surroundings, while the more distinct ones serve them during courtship or when spooking an intruder. Discover marvelous shapes and patterns you can find all around you. The first book in this series was selected by the Wall Street Journal in the “Best Picture Books for Kids.”

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I See a Pattern Here

Patterns are fascinating!

They can be so beautiful that people come from all over the world to see them, or so familiar you hardly notice them. They appear everywhere: beehives, dinner plates, even the bottoms of your shoes!

With stunning photographs that show diverse examples from nature and artwork around the world, Bruce Goldstone reveals the secrets behind patterns―and gives you some fun ideas for making your own.

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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Patterns in Nature

A wonderful introduction to one of the most beautiful connections between mathematics and the natural world–the Fibonacci sequence–through a series of stunning nature photographs.

Discover the biggest mathematical mystery in nature—Fibonacci numbers! Named after a famous mathematician, the number pattern is simple and starts with: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13. Each number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it. What's the mystery? The pattern crops up in the most unexpected places. You'll find it in the disk of a sunflower, the skin of a pineapple, and the spiral of a nautilus shell.

This book brings math alive, celebrates science, and will inspire kids to see nature through new eyes.

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Pitter Pattern

Patterns are everywhere! How many can you find?

This gorgeously illustrated book from Joyce Hesselberth, the creator of the acclaimed Mapping Sam, expertly introduces readers to basic patterns in nature, music, sports, art, language, and math. Pitter Pattern is an exceptional mix of fiction and nonfiction.

Pitter, pitter, pat! Pitter, pitter, pat! Hey, it’s a pitter, pitter, pattern!

Lu and her friends love spotting patterns in their daily activities....

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Math in Nature: Sorting through Spring

In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the best-selling Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes ― and much more! ― can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like us? Would flowers bloom in patterns? Would raindrops fall in rhythm? Would birds balance evenly on branches? In Sorting through Spring, the second title in the Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of patterning, sorting, data management, and probability.

This interactive, poetic, and artful picture book series is a non-intimidating and enticing way to introduce math to kids ― they will laugh, use their imaginations, and learn through activities inspired by the books

32 pages

Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series covers one season of the year and one area of math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art evokes the natural world, while two levels of text ― one a lyrical story, the other asking children to problem-solve ― bring the reader to a full understanding of the math concept being covered.

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Butterflies & Pollinators Nature Guide × 2

The familiar Monarch butterfly is one of over 5,000 species of butterflies found in the diverse ecosystems of North America. This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 70 familiar and unique species and includes information on their life cycle and features illustrations of common caterpillars and pupae. This convenient guide is an ideal, portable source of practical information and ideal for field use by educators and learners alike.

Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages - teacher tested & approved! :)

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Trees of North America Nature Guide × 2

A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar North American Plants

The quality of our environment – the air, soil and water – depends greatly on trees. In this beautifully detailed guide, with full color illustrations, over 140 familiar North American species are highlighted and helpfully organized by family. Trees is the essential reference guide for nature lovers of all ages and experience levels.

This convenient laminated guide is an ideal, portable source of practical information and ideal for field use.

Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

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Bugs & Slugs Nature Guide × 2

This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar and unique species of beetles, bugs, spiders, flies, aquatic insects and everything in-between. It also identifies the differences between different types of invertebrates, the eight major groups of insects and tips on identifying species in the field. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, pocket-sized folding guide is an excellent source of portable information.

Ethical Elements: Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Read more about our ethical policies & practices.

The Inside Scoop: We have used these guides for decades with students of all ages. And a few years ago we worked with our partners in British Columbia to get these out to test them with 200 classes, and had great reviews!

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Recycled & Weatherproof Clipboard (green)

Our clipboards are durable, weatherproof, and made from recycled plastic!

This easy-to-write-on surface provides a simple option for turning the outdoors into your classroom. :)

"The plastic clipboards are a game changer for outdoor ed." - Teacher, Southeast Kootenay School District 5

 

 

 

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Recycled Outdoor Learning Duffel Bag

This large, square-shaped duffle bag from 50% recycled polyester is perfect for outdoor learning equipment and kits.

Complete with a protective rain covering over the zipper opening, a shoulder strap, and reinforced bottom, this bag is built to last.

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