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Lesson 5- Comparing Patterns


To encourage students to have fun on the Web while learning about Comparing Patterns, here are some games and interactive activities they can do on their own or in pairs.


Compare patterns that use slides, flips and turns.

Builds Upon

Student Book pages 338-339


Instructions for Use

Tantrix Puzzle prompts students to solve a pattern by rearranging tiles by sliding, flipping and turning them.

To solve Tantrix Puzzle, construct a loop of one colour using all the tiles in the puzzle. Tiles touching each other must have the colours of connecting links matching. A timer starts when the first tile has been moved and stops when the puzzle is completed.

To move a tile, click and drag it. To turn the tile, click on one side of the tile. Click and hold the mouse button on the colour pallet to highlight a colour.

Puzzle Parlor is a series of games that helps students flip and turn shapes to make a pattern.

To use Puzzle Parlor, click on a piece to drag it to a location inside the tray. Click on it again to drop the piece in location. Press a right key arrow to rotate the piece and a left-key arrow to flip the piece.

There are several games for students to select. They range in difficulty. Try all of them.