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Model patterns by creating functions with two variables to describe their relationship

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-BF.A.1 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSF/BF/A/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6

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Big Ideas: Equations can be written to describe relationships found in designs. Organizing data as ordered pairs or in a table can help in identifying relationships. Students will apply their knowledge of functions to write equations representing patterns in designs. This lesson could serve as an introduction to sequences in functions. The task will ask students to write functions related to building a patio. Functions will be a fundamental concept in algebra and future high school math courses. NOTE: function notation is addressed in later lessons. Vocabulary: function, quadrilateral, polygons, stage Special Materials: none