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In this interactive from Annenberg Learner’s Learning Math, students learn to see the mathematical patterns that are all around us, even in staircases. In the accompanying classroom activity, students learn to use multiple representations to explore, understand, and predict geometric patterns. First, they will look at a simple geometric pattern and consider how it can be represented in a table. Then, they will put their analytical skills to the test as they predict the 7th, 10th, and nth terms of a pattern. In exploring this problem, students will consider multiple representations and try to identify the mathematical rule that underlies the visual pattern.
See this activity on Annenberg Learner's professional development course for teachers.
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