In Classroom Resources, Number and Algebra, Patterns, Patterns and Algebra

The focus of this activity is to discover if students can use numbers to describe a pattern that it written as a description. From here we are interested in finding out if students can interpret the pattern, discover the rule and apply this rule to find missing or future terms.


  • Use numbers and symbols to copy and continue a pattern
  • Investigate number sequences
  • Identify rules or functions for number patterns
  • Use what is known about a pattern to predict missing or future terms


Curriculum Connections: NSW Syllabus Mathematics K-10
Stage 1.2 Patterns & Algebra 2
  • Describe patterns with numbers and identify missing elements (ACMNA035)
  • Solve problems by using number sentences for addition or subtraction (ACMNA036)


At the end of this lesson students should be able to answer the following questions
  • Can you describe the pattern?
  • What comes next in the pattern?
  • How could we record this patterns in our books?
  • Instead of using symbols, how else could we record the patterns in our books?
  • Can we use a counting chart to help us identify the pattern?
  • What is the rule or function for this pattern?
  • How can we use what we know to find other numbers in the pattern?


For more information, please download the attached lesson plan.

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