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Gizmo of the Week: Pattern Finder

663DETSpring is coming at last! In the eastern US and Canada, one of the first signs of spring is the loud chorus of spring peepers you hear at night. If you visit a local wetland, you may even be able to see the tiny frogs singing for spring.

In the Pattern Finder Gizmo, students can observe frogs leaping between colored lily pads. While the motion may seem chaotic at first, close investigation shows that each frog leaps with a repeating pattern. Can you figure out each frog’s pattern, and determine where it will hop next?

This Gizmo helps students not only with pattern recognition but also with forming and testing hypotheses, analyzing their hypotheses and drawing conclusions.