Look for Patterns

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When it comes to teaching patterns, pool rules! Part three of a four-part unit involving a billiards simulation focuses on data handling skills and observing patterns. Partnered pupils prepare data representations, then use them to describe the behavior of a pool ball on tables of various dimensions.

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CCSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to develop a connection to the NGSS cross-cutting concept of patterns
  • Have teams compare their data tables with one another, then further develop their rules for predicting the ball's movements
Classroom Considerations

  • Arrange for computer access if you plan to have pairs create their data tables on a spreadsheet
Pros

  • The lesson provides learners with multiple ways of organizing the data
  • Planning is easy, thanks to all of the printable materials and tips in the teacher's guide
Cons

  • None