Dot Patterns

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Use geometric patterns to teach your class how to write functions. The assessment task has scholars consider a pattern of dots to draw the next picture of the pattern. Pupils then analyze the pattern, which helps them develop a function for the total number of dots in each picture.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have struggling learners draw more of the pattern to see relationships
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have prior experience writing functions to represent patterns
  • Note that the task touches on the idea of recursive and explicit formulas, but it does not provide this terminology
  • Resource provides data table to help with organization
  • Rubric gives a possible weighting system to determine point values
  • Answer key has some inconsistencies (sticks vs. dots) and some incorrect values