Match patterns

Match patterns

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Further Resources
This task is about finding patterns and writing rules.
Fill in the boxes and complete the rule for each pattern below. The first one has been done for you. 


Task administration: 
This task is completed with pencil and paper only.
Description of task: 
Students complete two spatial patterns and give the rule for each.
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Y4 (08/2002)

  • 4, 8, 12
  • The rule is add 4.
  • 4, 7, 10
  • The rule is add 3.


Diagnostic and formative information: 
    Common error Likely reason
b) 4, 8, 12 Has added four sticks each time.

Figure it out
A Spot of Sickness (Activity One, page 9, Algebra L2-3); and
Sticking Around & Puzzling Patterns (pages 2 & 18, Algebra L3).