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What are some fun activities to do with patterns?

Jan 18, 2013 10:49am

We are preparing for the Keystone Exam and one of the upcoming sections involve patterns. What are some fun activities dealing with pattern involving algebraic and geometric exponential patterns?

  • Math
  • 9-12
  • Differentiation / Engagement

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    • Jun 5, 2013 5:03pm

      I don't know if my activity would qualify as something fun but this idea came from the curriculum I use which promotes student engagement and a lot of collaborative math talk. Basically students are given a pictoral pattern of progression or regression. Their goal is to represent that situation as an x/y table of values, as a graph, and then as a rule or a math sentence (y = mx + b). I ask them interview questions such as how many object will there be for this figure while referring to a pictoral representation. What is the growth/shrink factor? Where does that show that in your graph? I guess the fun part about this, if you can call it that, is that students are given the manipulatives to show a pattern changes. Later, you can show them how they can graph the pattern on a graphing calculator with the rule. And then the discussion extends to how do you know if a dot is on a line? How will you prove that using algebra/math?