Don't leave this task on the shelf — use it is assess middle schoolers understanding of patterns. Participants try to discover a pattern in the number of bricks and planks used to make shelves. They then match descriptions and equations of certain relationships regarding the shelves with their graphs.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide manipulatives, such as Lego blocks, for learners needing assistance
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be able to identify graphs for equations of the form y = b and y = mx
  • Note that the task uses the terminology against rather than versus (e.g., "The number of bricks against the number of shelves")

  • Uses discrete graphs rather than continuous graphs
  • Includes rubric

  • Inconsistent formatting of variables (regular versus italics)
  • Rubric uses unexplained abbreviation
Common Core