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Use a given rule to generate a number pattern

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.C.5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/OA/C/5

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Big Ideas: We can describe mathematical relationships and generalize about them. The known elements in a pattern can be used to predict other elements. This lesson challenges students to generate a pattern using a given rule and analyze the pattern. They will need to look for features in the pattern that were not stated in the rule. The lesson builds on work with multiplication patterns in third grade; strategies such as skip counting can be an entry point for students. In this lesson, students will encounter patterns that are not multiples of a given number due to a start amount other than zero. In later work, students will work with more complex rules and patterns. Vocabulary: pattern, rule, equation, start number, constant change Special Materials: none