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Examine algebra using digital resources! Budding mathematicians will watch Cyberchase episode segments that propose a problem. Using information gathered from the video, they practice recording number patterns in several different ways: two-column tables, line graphs, and simple algebraic equations. Note: Links are included.
Pattern recognition is a skill often used in mathematics. Learners count and sort manipulatives, organize the data into a graph and answer questions about the information displayed. They collect the objects to be used and create patterns using the items in their collections.
A very well done slide-show defines and explains how numeric patterns and sequences work. Academic vocabulary is highlighted as well as solid examples and whole class practice. The last slide contains four number sequences for the class to solve either on their own or in a pair.
Engage scholars in a ratio lesson that employs real-world scenarios. Learners will compare the length and width of pictures and use a table to identify ratio patterns. They watch "Math Can Take You Places" and discuss jobs that use math patterns. There are 10 different activities for the class to complete.
Gather some information, print it onto sentence strips, and then have your class physically shuffle the cards to better understand the importance of organizational patterns in writing. Middle school learners examine information for a research topic, sort the information they found, and create a thoughtful organizational pattern.
Going to the pumpkin patch? Start with this multiplication lesson plan using pumpkin arrays and factors between 1 and 10. As you project a hundred chart, learners use their own (handout included) to map out a farmer's field. First, he plants three rows with ten pumpkins in each. Then, he plants ten rows with six pumpkins in each. Learners record the equations in the provided worksheet, and watch for patterns when dealing with 10 as a constant factor. Follow-up activities are provided.