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The Importance of Patterns
Last Updated: May082009

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Developed By


Jennifer Raicevich
Mollie Kesselring

Lesson Title


The Importance of Patterns 

Length of Lesson


45 minutes (1 class period) 

Lesson Unit


Variables and Patterns Inroduction to Algebra 

Grade


6 

Subject


Math 

Strand


Algebra 

Michigan Content Expectations


A.RP.06.08 

Keywords


relationship, quantities, graph, table 

Materials


Elmo projector
Computer with internet access.
Speakers
Basic school supplies (paper, pencils, calculator, etc.) 

Abstract


This lesson is an introduction to a prealgebra unit. The students will be able to find patterns in a set of numbers and describe them. They will also use the pattern information to create tables and graphs from a set of data. 

Big Idea(s)


Alegbra uses many patterns and variable to describe those patterns. Students need to connect general patterns for a better understanding of algebra concepts. 

Essential Questions


What makes a pattern?
Where are patterns found?
What is an example of a pattern?
Some sets of numbers have a pattern. Give an example of a number pattern and it's rule.
Example: 2, 4, 6, 8 The pattern(or interval) is: The numbers increase by two.
The vocabulary increase and decrease are important to algebra concepts (graphing and tables).


Learning Objectives


Students will be able to identify a number pattern.
Student will be able to tell what the pattern (interval) is.
Students will be able to complete a pattern with a given set of numbers.


Summative Assessment


Students will complete an exit card to show what they have learned about patterns. The information for the exit cards is located in the assessment section of the resource website.


Lesson Opening


Ask students what a pattern is and have them identify or describe patterns they see in the real world. Example: cinder block placement on room walls and floor tiles. Patterns in nature, etc.


Lesson Opening Coteaching Plan


Coteacher is monitoring student participation. 

Exploration


Student will see a short video clip that decribes a pattern being used and completed. Student will be paying attention to the pattern and will be ready to discuss the pattern and converstation that was in teh video clip.
Patterns Video Clip
After the video clip, students are asked what the pattern was, what problems the characters had completing the pattern and extent the numbers using that pattern.


Exploration Coteaching Plan


Coteacher is asking questions to the students along with the content teacher. 

Check for Understanding


The teacher will put number sets on the board and students will complete the sets and find the pattern (interval).
Examples:
5, 8, 11, __, __, __ Set completion: 14, 17, 20 Pattern (interval): Increase by 3 (3)
10, 8, 6, __, __, __ Set completion: 4, 2, 0 Pattern (interval): Decrease by 2 (2)
These will be discussed as a whole group.


Check for Understanding Coteaching Plan


The coteacher will monitor student participation and give extra instruction for those who need it. 

Explanation


Students will be asked to come up with their own set of numbers and pattern. This will be discussed as a class. Students will then see a video about patterns in music.
Stomp Video
After the video the teacher will discuss other music patterns (example: We will, we will rock you which is 2 feet stomps and 1 hand clap), then relate that to a math pattern. Increase 2 could be 2 hand claps, or a decrease of three could 3 foot stomps.


Explanation Coteaching Plan


Coteacher will monitor student participation. 

Check for Understanding (2)


Students will copy sets of numbers from the board onto a notecard. They will then complete the set and find the pattern (interval). They will then had the notecards to the teacher on their way out the door as an exit card.
The sets of numbers used are Assessment: Level A on the teachersdomain.com website.


Check for Understanding Coteaching Plan (2)


Coteacher will monitor student progress and give extra instruction or extra time to those who need it. 

Extended Practice


Pairs of students will go to the board to create and solve sets and discover patterns.
Teacher can also use Assessment: Level B for futhur practice. This can be found in the lesson plan on the teachersdomain.com website.


Closing


At the end of the lesson students will be better prepared for prealgebra basics. Being able to find a pattern (interval) will help with graphing, tables, and solving prealgebra equations.
The students will then move into our prealgebra book, Variables and Patterns, to learn the graphing, table and equation skills.


Closing Coteach Plan


Coteacher will help review pattern concepts to those who need it and assist the move into our prealgebra book, Variables and Patterns, to learn the graphing, table and equation skills. 
