We are finishing up our patterns and coordinate graphing unit! My kids had so much fun with this one, especially coming up with their own patterns. They love to really push the limits and think outside the box when creating their patterns.
We began the unit with patterns and function tables. We did both shape and number patterns–all kinds of patterns. On the more complicated number patterns that have alternating rules or less than obvious patterns, I teach kids to use a bridge underneath each number to recognize what is happening. They look at it in all directions– are they adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing each number? Then they learn to look at the pattern within the bridges. I have seen year after year that kids use the bridges on their work, especially on state testing.
We used a differentiated packet that I created to practice patterning. We did all kinds of practice, and the kids actually wanted MORE.
After we had done plenty of practice with the skill, I had my students work through several Patterns and Functions Task Cards. I created this set to have a wide variety of different skills practiced throughout. This time around, we did a simple task card scavenger hunt, where I had the cards hung up all around the hallway and in the classroom, and they completed them at each location. It’s super simple prep, but the kids love getting up and moving around!
After I felt like they had mastered this concept, I moved on to coordinate graphing, which was a breeze for my students. They copied the anchor chart in their math journal and then did a proof. We practiced with a bunch of function tables. We created coordinate graph pictures of our own (which they LOVED creating) and worked through a few story problems. This only took a day or two and they were solid!