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Nat Geo Patterns

The sixth Math in the Mail kit is based on National Geographic Kids Look & Learn: Patterns!

How many times have you read Patterns! together?

Have you found repeating patterns in your home and/or neighborhood?

Have you completed the pattern activities in the book?

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Patterns with Seeds

Sing “The Farmer Plants the Seeds” while you plant your seeds!

If you’re not sure how to plant your seeds, watch Gardening School and planting a garden with Sesame Street friends. How to plant a seed gives step by step instructions for kids.

Talking about plants will also help you understand your seeds better.

Learn how a seed becomes a plant and look at seed germination.

Watch the a Sunflower grow from seed to flower and a pumpkin growing from seed to fruit. Do you see a pattern in how plants grow?

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

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Music & Patterns

Banana Banana Meatball

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Thank you to Musico for providing the color pattern music for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!

Talk, read and sing about STEM

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Nature & Patterns

Playing outdoors supports math learning!

Ideas for nature activities with kids, including ways to use rocks in art, math and play.

Find a nature area near you!

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Events and Activities in State Parks, Recreation Areas and Harbors

Thank you to Hartley Outdoor Education Center, Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge and Chippewa Nature Center for their contributions to the Patterns! Math in the Mail kit!

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Thank you to the partners who contributed to this kit!

The Anderson Grain Group – Hemlock Elevator

Chippewa Nature Center

Hartley Outdoor Education Center

Hidden Harvest

Michigan State University Extension


Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

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After you have worked with the Patterns! kit several times, please complete the Patterns! Post Kit Survey!