Dinner Party: Using Pattern Trains to Demonstrate Linear Functions

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Nothing fancy here ... just your run-of-the-mill Algebra party! Learners explore the patterns of linear functions while designing seating arrangements for a dinner party. Comparing the number of tables to the perimeter of the combined tables in various arrangements gives individuals a conceptual connection to the characteristics of a linear function.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals create their own table designs for use during the activity
  • Use to introduce the concept of an arithmetic sequence
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials to complete the activity
  • Expects a solid understanding of perimeter
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  • Adaptable to different grade levels
  • Materials open in Word, which provides an option for editing
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