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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
Patterns Teacher Resources
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First graders examine repeating patterns and explain the rule of a variety of patterns. As a class they examine different patterns, and in small groups create the pattern using manipulatives and identify and explain the rule. Independently students complete a Patterning Activity worksheet.
Second graders observe a number pattern on the board and discuss the pattern rule. They work in small groups and using manipulatives build the pattern discovering that the rule is what makes it possible to repeat the pattern. They practice demonstrating the patterns using manipulatives such as cubes, teddy bears, or buttons.
In this function tables worksheet, students complete the first set of function tables and then use the function tables in the second set of problems to find the value of y for the given value of x. Students complete two word problems and finish with two test prep questions using algebra patterns and functions.
Third graders observe this pattern on the board: "3 5 7 9 11," and discuss the pattern rule. They then break into small groups and use manipulatives to make tangible representations of the pattern. They discover that it is the rule that makes it possible to repeat the pattern.
Fourth graders use inductive reasoning to find algebraic patterns in geometric figures. They use technology (i.e., calculators, computers) and manipulatives to discover number patterns involving geometric concepts. They solve concrete and real world problems involving geometric concepts using patterns and functions.
Students comprehend that ratios and fractions are interchangeable. They compare ratios using common denominators, cross multiplication, and intuition. Students find equivalent fractions. They comprehend that equivalent ratios do not equate to equivalent mass. Students make play dough in groups. Each group is assigned a different ratio of flour to water.