Number Patterns

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Patterns are all around us.  Your students see them in art, on floor tiles, in plants, and many more places. The lesson helps students identify mathematical patterns. It also introduces your students to related vocabulary, such as set, term, and rule. The lesson contains multiple examples to help students find a pattern and then determine the rule for the pattern. The homework assignment included with the lesson uses cross-curricular topics to help students apply their new skill of finding patterns to other topics. A quiz for assessment is also included. The lesson will be most effective when used with other lessons related to patterns.

Number Patterns Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Number Patterns
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing and contrasting Number Patterns
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Patterns are all around us.  Your students see them in art, on floor tiles, in plants, and many more places. The lesson helps students identify mathematical patterns. It also introduces your students to related vocabulary, such as set, term, and rule. The lesson contains multiple examples to help students find a pattern and then determine the rule for the pattern. The homework assignment included with the lesson uses cross-curricular topics to help students apply their new skill of finding patterns to other topics. A quiz for assessment is also included. The lesson will be most effective when used with other lessons related to patterns.

Sample classroom Procedures:

  1. Begin by asking students if they can find patterns around them in the classroom.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of different patterns in order to help them recognize mathematical patterns. Reinforce that sometimes our brains can see them quickly and other times not.  Do not get discouraged!  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on number patterns. Have students practice problems with all of the operations.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students make up their own patterns and see if their shoulder partner can solve it.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually to complete their graph paper drawing.  Once all students have finished, cut out the completed drawings and compile them on a large piece of paper or board.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students show some of the patterns that they found at the beginning of class.
  8. In closing, ask students to come up with a pattern and see which students can guess the next three terms.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.C.5, CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.B.3

None for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1  class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math