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Visualize Counting Patterns

Posted by Angie Seltzer on 3/30/2016 to K-5 Algebraic Thinking
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Have your students studied patterns on 1-100 charts with 10 numbers per row and noticed patterns with 9s and 11s? Other charts can also help students visualize patterns. Consider the patterns on the two charts below. Download FREE charts with 5 squares per row as the preview of Penny Pattern Number Charts at  TeachersPayTeachers.



Ask students questions about these charts with five numbers per row.
  • What is the pattern rule for the blue circles on the left chart? [each number is 6 more]
  • What numbers are in the pattern of red circles on the right chart ? [2, 7, 12, 17, 22, 27; each number is 5 more]
  • What numbers are in the pattern of blue squares? [5, 9, 13, 17, 21; each number is 4 more]
  • Can you make your own pattern? Describe the numbers in your pattern. [Answers will vary.]
Patterns on these charts should help student relate counting to adding. If students enjoy the activities, consider looking at patterns on charts with four to ten numbers per row. You can find the Penny Pattern Number Charts at  TeachersPayTeachers.

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