Addition Patterns

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The lesson presents addition patterns as a way to mentally solve addition problems with large numbers. The lesson specifically focuses on problems with addends that have the same number of zeros in each number. Several examples are provided to assist with students’ understanding. Students should have some familiarity with place value before attempting this lesson. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other math lessons related to mental addition.

Addition Patterns Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Addition Patterns
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Addition Patterns
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson presents addition patterns as a way to mentally solve addition problems with large numbers. The lesson specifically focuses on problems with addends that have the same number of zeros in each number. Several examples are provided to assist with students’ understanding. Students should have some familiarity with place value before attempting this lesson. The lesson may be used in conjunction with other math lessons related to mental addition.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that mathematics is full of patterns. When they learn to recognize some of the patterns, they will be able to do math in their heads!
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce place value and give students additional examples of addition pattern problems in order to help them practice the new algorithm. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on addition patterns. Have students practice problems with single and multidigit answers.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems while repeating the place values out loud.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share how far they were able to get in the pattern.
  8. In closing, ask students if the pattern has an ending.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.3.NBT.A.2

None for Grade 4

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources: 

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math