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.

##### Purpose
• 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

##### 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?