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Grade Four Math Parent LetterMath Makes SensePatterning
Your child’s class is starting a mathematics unit on numberpatterns. From traffic to petals on a flower—patterns are howwe make sense of the world around us. Patterns occurregularly in mathematics. As children learn to analysepatterns, they develop powerful reasoning skills that willhelp them make sense of mathematics and science.In this unit, your child will:
Use charts to display patterns.
Identify the rule for a number pattern.
Extend number patterns.
Create number patterns.
Use patterns to solve problems.

Investigate equations.Patterns occur in many different forms. Encourage your childto look for patterns around the home, and talk about them. You may find regular repeating patterns—maybe you markthe calendar to remind you of soccer practice every week.Other patterns may be growing or shrinking—the number of cookies remaining in the jar, if it’s “take one at a time.”Here’s a game you can play with your child that creates agrowing pattern of words.
Growing List Word Game
Think of words to describe a cat or other animal. Each playerrepeats the words said by previous players in the correctorder, and adds a new word at the end of the list. The firstplayer starts by saying, for example, “My cat is an