Patterns in Numbers and Shapes: Using Algebraic Thinking

Students identify and describe number patterns as an introduction to algebraic thinking. Students first look for patterns in numbers, objects and a story and show the patterns in tables. They then learn to describe them using variables and expressions. Next, graphing on a coordinate grid is introduced as a tool for understanding patterns. Lastly, students explore some non-linear patterns, including doubling.

NCTM Standard: Geometry

NCTM Standard: Algebra

NCTM Standard: Number and Operations

Primary Mathematical Goals