Lesson Plan

10. Explore patterns that follow rules (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.C.5 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/OA/C/5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
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Lesson objective: Apply the use of patterns that follow a rule.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of patterns that follow a rule to a real-life  situation. Students are asked to determine if there are enough tables given a particular arrangement to follow. 

Key Concept students will use: 

  • determine a rule that represents a growing pattern

Skills students will use:

  • identify arithmetic patterns and explain them using properties of operations (Grade 3, Unit 8)

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (look for and make use of structure) as they determine rules for given growing patterns. Students may use maniulatives or drawings to represent patterns. Tables are used to organize information and highlight patterns.  

Key vocabulary: 

  • equation
  • pattern
  • rule


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