Main Curriculum Tie:
Mathematics - 4th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 1
Identify, analyze, and determine rules for describing numerical patterns involving operations and nonnumerical growing patterns.
- Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! by Marilyn Burns
- Math paper
- Rainbow tiles
- Centimeter cubes
Background For Teachers:
Review basic patterns with the students. This will give you a sense of their
Intended Learning Outcomes:
6. Represent mathematical situations.
Invitation to Learn
How many different ways could we seat 32 people around tables?
- Read the story through once without asking any questions. Simply acquaint
the students with the story.
- Give each student 8 rainbow tiles, 32 centimeter cubes, and a sheet of
blank math paper.
- Reread the story stopping at each table arrangement. Have the students
make the arrangements with their manipulatives.
- After the students have made all of the table arrangements, have them draw
the arrangements on the math paper.
- For each arrangement they have made, they can make a table using a T-chart.
- Have the students write a rule for determining the number of chairs when
given the number of tables.
In the science area you could have the students take three or more rock types
and place them in various pattern forms (e.g., AB, ABC, ABCD, ABBA).
Put the students in small groups and give them larger numbers to work with.
This lesson would also work to teach area and perimeter.
Homework & Family Connections
Give the students a different table arrangement to make. Have them draw their
arrangement, make the table, and determine the rule for their arrangement.
Give the students a number. Have students write draw and label the steps of
their arrangement in their math journals.
Created Date :
Aug 29 2003 08:57 AM