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Generate and identify geometric patterns that grow by finding a rule

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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Big Ideas: Geometric patterns can grow when they follow a rule. Knowing the rule allows you to continue the pattern. This lesson builds on students' knowledge of geometry and rules. The task asks students to examine a geometric pattern and continue it. Through exploration of the pattern, students will see that patterns follow a rule, and this rule can be used to help continue the pattern. Students will explore efficient ways of continuing a pattern to the nth stage. Their work in growing geometric patterns strengthens students' knowledge of the various operations. Vocabulary: pattern, stage