Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ladybug Patterns

Ladybug Patterns introduces students to the algebraic concept of growing patterns or functions. In this case, the dots on the ladybug change with age. Students may use the picture and a function table to analyze the pattern's growth and write a rule in words and/or variables/numbers.

  • Download the Ladybug Patterns student handout.
  • Download a blank Ladybug Patterns handout so that students can create their own original patterns to challenge their classmates.
  • NOTE:  teachers may use an overhead of the blank pattern handout to create additional patterns for students to analyze (e.g. double the age, 2 more than age, etc. )

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