Same & Different: Colorful Cubes

Look at the two pictures. What do you notice?

A. shows 4 rows of 4 cubes. Each row has 1 color of cubes and each row is a different color. That's 4 colors of cubes. The cubes make 1 large square. B. shows 4 sets of 4 cubes. Each set makes a small square and the 4 sets together make a big square. Each set has 2 cubes of one color and 2 cubes of another color. Each color is different. That's 8 colors of cubes.
  1. How are pictures A and B mathematically the same, and how are they different?
    • A and B are the same because …
    • A and B are different because …
  2. Make a third picture that shows groups of cubes. Explain how your picture is the same as pictures A and B, and how it is different.