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Executive Summary
This Algebra unit is all on Patterns and Functions. I found the unit off of the internet. The website for this unit is.
This has the complete unit along with worksheets to go along with each lesson. Thank you to whomever put that unit on the internet; I think that it will work great in my classroom. For me each lesson will be a two days . My lesson will look a bit different compared to the one on website. I have added a math standard that can go along with the unit, also I have a different format that I needed to use for this class.
Standards
6.2.1.2  Represent the relationship between two varying quantities with
function rules, graphs and tables; translate between any two of these
representations. For example: Describe the terms in the sequence of perfect squares t = 1, 4, 9, 16, ... by using the rule t = n^2 for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, .... 
7.2.3.1  Generate equivalent numerical and algebraic expressions containing
rational numbers and whole number exponents. Properties of algebra
include associative, commutative and distributive laws.
For example:
Combine like terms (use the distributive law) to write 
7.2.3.3  Apply understanding of order of operations and grouping symbols when
using calculators and other technologies. For example: Recognize the conventions of using a carat (^ raise to a power ), asterisk (^{*} multiply), and also pay careful attention to the use of nested parentheses 
6.2.2.1  Apply the associative, commutative and distributive properties and
order of operations to generate equivalent expressions and to solve
problems involving positive rational numbers.
For example: Another example: Use the distributive law to write : 
8.2.4.2  Solve multistep equations in one variable. Solve for one variable
in a multi variable equation in terms of the other variables. Justify
the steps by identifying the properties of equalities used. For example: The equation 10x + 17 = 3x can be changed to 7x + 17 = 0, and then to 7x = 17 by adding/ subtracting the same quantities to both sides. These changes do not change the solution of the equation. 
5.2.3.1  Determine whether an equation or inequality involving a variable is
true or false for a given value of the variable. For example: Determine whether the inequality 1.5 + x < 10 is true for x = 2.8, x = 8.1, or x = 9.2. 
5.2.3.3  Evaluate expressions and solve equations involving variables when
values for the variables are given. For example: Using the formula, A= ℓw, determine the area when the length is 5, and the width 6, and find the length when the area is 24 and the width is 4. 
Here are a few sample MCA Test questions that students should be able to know after completing this unit.
8. Yia wrote the equation P=0.25n – ( 0.05n +1) to represent the school store’s weekly profit, P, from sales of n pencils. Which equation is equivalent to Yia’s equation?
A. P=0.0125n2+1
B. P=0.125n2−1
C. P=0.20n+1
D. P=0.20n−1
All of Tyler’s DVDs and videotapes are on a shelf. The inequality d + 1.7v
lesser than or equal to 34, represents the number of DVDs, d,and videotapes, v,
that the shelf can
hold. He owns fewer videotapes than VDs, represented by the inequality v less
than d
The possible combinations of Tyler ’s DVDs and videotapes that the shelf can hold
are found in which region of the graph?
A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
Month  Number of Accidents 
October  2 
November  3 
December  5 
January  7 
February  8 
March  4 
20. What conclusion can be made from the above data on six months of accidents?
A. The median number of accidents is 6.
B. On average, more accidents happened in September and October than in January
and February.
C. On average, more accidents happened in December, January, and February than
in September, October, and November.
D. More students drive to school as the school year goes
Table of Contents
Lesson One  Target Numbers 
Lesson Two  Target Numbers Continued 
Lesson Three  Four 4s 
Lesson Four  Four 4’s Continued 
Lesson Five  Function Machines 
Lesson Six  Function Machines Continued 
Lesson Seven  Mystery Machines 
Lesson Eight  Mystery Machines Continued 
Lesson Nine  Growing Patterns 
Lesson Ten  Growing Patterns Continued 
Lesson Eleven  Toothpick Patterns 
Lesson Twelve  Toothpick Patterns Continued 
Lesson Thirteen  Balancing Equations 
Lesson Fourteen  Balancing Equations Continued 
Lesson Fifteen  Equation Bingo 
LESSON ONE AND TWO TARGET NUMBERS
7.2.3.1  Generate equivalent numerical and algebraic expressions containing
rational numbers and whole number exponents. Properties of algebra
include associative, commutative and distributive laws.
For example:
Combine like terms (use the distributive law) to write 
Order of operations
Writing of numeric expressions
Evaluation of numeric expressions
Launch
Target Numbers is a game with 56 cards, all marked differently from 1 to 25. The
game can be played with one or more players. The object is to use five number
cards to make a target number. Players may use addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division, and parentheses in their solutions .
This game provides practice with order of operations and writing and solving
numeric expressions. Prior to playing Target Numbers, the student solves a
series of puzzlelike problems that involve performing basic operations, using
parentheses to group calculations and the standard order of operations. For
example:
Use the numbers 1, 3, 5, and 7 to complete the equation, using each number once
a number goes in place of the box:
( box + box – box) ^{*} box = 1
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•Four sets of equation puzzles, using the templates in Part 1, below
•A deck of cards from Student Page 1: Target Numbers Cards
(using heavy paper or card stock), in the following amounts:
three each of the numbers 1–6
four each of the numbers 7–10
two each of the numbers 11–17
one each of the numbers 18–25
Once the Target Numbers game becomes familiar to students, it may be used as a quick warmup activity during any of the mentoring sessions.
Explore
Part 1: Solve the Equation Puzzles
1. Solve a series of number sentence problems.
Create a series of number sentence problems for students to solve.
Examples of four problem types are shown below.
If students are not familiar with the order of operations, spend some time reviewing parentheses, then multiplication and division , then addition and subtraction.
Type 1: Insert parentheses to make this equation true:
7 x 9 ÷ 3 x 7 = 3
Type 2: Use the numbers 1, 3, and 5 to make each of the following equations true, using each number only once the numbers goes in place of the box:
BoxBoxBox = 1
( Box + Box) / Box = 2
Box – ( Box –Box ) = 3
Box + Box – Box = 7
Type 3: Use the numbers 2, 4, and 6 (using each only once) and any operations— +, , x, and ÷ —to make true equations of the following:
Box Box Box = 0
( Box Box ) Box =1
Box Box Box = 2
Box ( Box Box) = 3
Box Box Box =4
Type 4: Use the numbers 3, 5, 10, 12, and 15 (using each only once) and any operations— +, , x, ÷, and ( ) —to make true equations of the following:
2. Play Target Numbers with the 1 through 10 cards.
Rules for Playing Target Numbers:
Place five cards (numbers up) in the center of the game table. Then turn up a
sixth card, which will be the Target Card. Each player uses the numbers on the
five cards to make the Target Card
number. All five cards must be used, in any order, and each can be used only
once. Players may use addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and/or
any combination of each. Parentheses may be used to group calculations and to
indicate the order in which calculations are to be performed. Players must write
out their solutions.
♦ Sample hand:
Cards: 1, 3, 7, 1, 8
Target Card: 1
One possible solution:
[(3 – 1) + 7] – (8 ÷ 1) = 1
The first player to reach a solution says “Target!” and then has 30 seconds to explain his or her solution. If the solution is correct, the player receives 1 point for that hand. If the player cannot explain the solution or the solution is not correct, the player receives a –1 for that hand. Ten hands of Target Numbers equal one game. After 10 hands, the winner is the player with the most points.
3. Play Target Numbers with the 1 through 25 cards.
Rules for Target Numbers with the 1 through 25 cards are the same as those for
Target Numbers with the 1 through 10 cards (see number 2, above) except that the
cards 1 through 25 are used.
♦ Sample hand:
Five cards: 2, 1, 2, 2, 3
Target Card: 24
One possible solution:
[(2 x 2) x 2] x 3 x 1 = 24
♦ Another sample hand, using parentheses to group calculations:
Cards: 24, 22, 23, 20, 21
Target Card: 1
One possible solution:
(24 + 22) ÷ 23 + 20 – 21 = 1
(Applying the order of operations, first do what is in parentheses: Add 24 and
22. Then divide by 23. Then add 20. Then subtract 21.)
More Target Numbers
Play Target Numbers with exponents, square roots , negative numbers, and
factorials.
For example, 4! = 4 x 3 x 2 x 1, or 24.
√16 = 4
24 = 16
Share: Students will share some of the equations that they got. I will ask the students why they decided to put a certain number where they did. What are the different strategies that they used?
Summary: Listing all the different strategies that the students came up with and also any that I saw that were not listed.
LESSON 34 FOUR 4’S
7.2.3.3  Apply understanding of order of operations and grouping symbols when
using calculators and other technologies. For example: Recognize the conventions of using a carat (^ raise to a power), asterisk (^{*} multiply), and also pay careful attention to the use of nested parentheses. 
Mathematical Focus
Computation
Order of operations
Arithmetic properties
Students try to make all the numbers from 0 to 100 by writing arithmetic expressions using exactly four 4s. They can use any of the operations and parentheses. For example: 4 x 4 + 4 ÷ 4 = 17 and 44 + 44 = 88. This activity gives students practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts as they write and evaluate arithmetic expressions. Students also use their knowledge of order of operations, properties of addition and multiplication, and the special cases of 0 and 1. Four 4s is a fun, puzzlelike challenge that can be tackled all at once or in several consecutive sessions.
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•Paper and pencil
•Student Page 2: 0–99 Chart
•Calculator (optional)
Launch:
Start the session by reviewing the order of operations: parentheses first, then multiplication and division, then addition and subtraction. If possible, have a fourfunction calculator available for students. At several points during the session, stop and discuss whether the calculator is a useful tool for this activity. Ask students when they think a calculator might be helpful.
Explore
Part 1: How Many Numbers Can You Make with Exactly Four 4s?
1. Make a few numbers together by using exactly four 4s.
Start with a copy of Student Page 2: 0–99 Chart. Explain the goal of the
activity, which is to write a mathematical expression to make each of the values
0, 1, 2, 3, etc. through 100, using exactly four 4s. Students may use addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division. They may also use parentheses to
group calculations. Try a few together. Ask: How can we make the number 7 using
four 4s? [One way to make 7 is: 44 ÷ 4 – 4. Another way is: 4 + 4 – (4 ÷ 4).]
2. Make as many of the numbers from 0 to 100 as you can using exactly four
4s.
Encourage students to use information about how to make some numbers to make
other numbers. For example: 44 ÷ 4 + 4 = 15 and 44 ÷ 4 x 4 = 44. Have students
keep a record of all their solutions on the 0–99 Chart. With the above examples,
students can cross off 7, 15, and 44 on the 100 chart.
Part 2: Making Numbers with Exactly Four of
Some Number
1. Make numbers using exactly four 5s.
Ask: Which numbers can you make with exactly four 5s? Can you make more numbers
with four 4s or with four 5s?
2. Check which numbers can be made in more than one way with exactly four
4s or 5s.
Look back at the students’ solutions for the Four 4s. Ask: Which numbers can be
made in more than one way? Are these the same numbers that can be made in more
than one way with four 5s?
3. Choose a different digit and make numbers using exactly four of that
digit.
Have students choose a different digit (not 1, 4, or 5). Ask: Which numbers can
you make with exactly four of that digit?
How Many Numbers Can You Make with 1, 2, 3, and 4?
Now, change the problem again. Ask: Which numbers can you make with the digits
1, 2, 3 and 4? Is this problem easier or more difficult than the Four 4s
problem? Why?
Share: Asking for different ways in which people got their answers. Was a pattern that was seen? Were there any numbers that helped you get another number? Which ones seemed easy? Hard?
Summarize: The different strategies that were shared, and other ones that could be used. Clear up any questions about operations
LESSON 56 FUNCTION MACHINES
6.2.2.1  Apply the associative, commutative and distributive properties and
order of operations to generate equivalent expressions and to solve
problems involving positive rational numbers.
For example: Another example: Use the distributive law to write: 
Mathematical Focus
•Functions as input/output rules (i.e. for every
possible input number there is a rule that determines an output number)
•Concrete representation of a machine as a kind of
function
•Equivalent functions
•Commutative property of addition and multiplication
Students explore the use of function machines to represent sequences of computations that can be used repeatedly with many numbers. (A function machine is an imaginary device with an input hopper in which an input number can be placed, and an output spout through which a result comes out.) The figure below shows a [x 3] machine, which multiplies its input number by three and outputs the result. Putting a 2 into the machine results in an output of 6. Putting a 5 into the machine results in an output of 15, and so forth. A series of inputs and outputs can be recorded in a table.
Input  Output 
2  6 
3  9 
4  12 
5  15 
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•Several copies of Student Page 3: OneStep Function
Machine
Record Sheet and Student Page 4: TwoStep Function Machine
Record Sheet and a Calculator
Students should be able to use a calculator throughout this activity. When the same calculation is performed repeatedly, it is helpful to use the constant function on the calculator. Some calculators have a constant key. In this case, you will key in the calculation, for example: [+] [1] [1] (plus 11) and then use the constant key [CONS]. Some calculators do not have a constant key. In this case, key in the calculation—[+] [1] [1] —and then use the [=] key. Now, enter any input number and then use the [=] key. For example: [5] [=] will result in 16. [20] [=] will result in 31. Throughout this activity, students may encounter negative numbers. If your students are not familiar with performing calculations with negative numbers, you can either spend some time teaching these concepts (see the unit Number and Operation, Grades 6–8), or set up the function machine problems so that the inputs and outputs are always positive numbers.
Launch
Part 1: OneStep Function Machines
1. Fill in input/output tables for onestep function machines.
Using copies of Student Page 3: OneStep Function Machine Record
Sheet, make up a series of onestep machines. You may want to use some
of the following rules:
[+ 11] [+ 27] [– 12] [– 20]
[x 4] [x 7] [x 1.5] [x 10]
[÷ 2] [÷ 4] [÷ 10] [÷ 3]
[x .5] [– .5] [– 3.75] [÷ 5]
For each function machine, students fill in an input/output table with 10 inputs and the corresponding outputs. It is helpful for students to have access to a calculator. (See Preparation and Materials, above.)
Explore
2. Determine the rule for onestep function machines by examining
input/output pairs.
Using copies of the OneStep Function Machine Record Sheet, make up a series of
input/output tables. For each table, keep the function rule a secret. Students
will use the data in each table to determine a rule. You may want to use some of
the following input/output pairs
Input  Output 
3  9 
10  30 
1  3 
0  0 
5  15 
1.5  4.5 
1/3  1 
½  1.5 
5  15 
101  303 
Input  Output 
3  10 
10  17 
1  8 
0  7 
5  2 
1.5  8.5 
1/3  7 1/3 
½  7 ½ 
1  6 
100  107 
Input  Output 
2  24 
0  0 
2  24 
5  60 
10  120 
100  1200 
12  6 
3  36 
14  3 
1  12 
Input  Output 
5  56 
2  53 
0  1 
10  61 
5  46 
2  49 
10  41 
½  51.5 
100  151 
100  49 
Input  Output 
10  2.5 
0  0 
1  .25 
3  .75 
5  1.25 
100  25 
½  .125 
4  1 
4  1 
12  3 
Part 2: TwoStep Function Machines
1. Learn what a twostep function machine is.
Describe twostep function machines to students. A twostep function machine is
constructed by linking the output of one machine to the input of another. The [x
3 + 2] machine shown in the figure multiplies its input by 3, adds 2 to that,
and outputs the result. It corresponds to the equation y= 3x + 2, where x stands
for the input and y stands for the output.
2. Fill in input/output tables for twostep function machines.
Using copies of Student Page 4: TwoStep Function Machine Record Sheet, make up
a series of twostep machines. You may want to use some of the following rules:
[x 2 + 3] [÷ 2 + 1] [÷ 10 + 1]
[x 3 + 2] [÷ 2 – 1] [x 10 – 1]
[x 5 + 1] [÷ 3 + 5] [x 2 + 7]
[x 10 + 2] [÷ 2 + 10] [÷ 3 + 10]
For each function machine, students fill in an input/output table with 10 inputs and the corresponding outputs.
3. Determine the function rules for twostep function machines.
Using copies of the TwoStep Function Machine Record Sheet, make up a series of
input/output tables. For each table, keep the function rule a secret. Students
will use the data in each table to determine the twostep rule.
Students build a twostep function machine for each input/output table given.
Equivalent Machines
Here is a set of inputs and outputs for a mystery machine:
Input  Output 
3  10 
10  17 
1  8 
0  7 
5  2 
1.5  8.5 
1/3  7 1/3 
Your students might think it looks like a [+ 7] machine. Invite students to think about what other possibilities could be inside the mystery machine. These possibilities include a [+ 3 + 4] machine, a [– 3 + 10] machine, and a [x 3 + 21 ÷ 3] machine.] Explain that these machines are called equivalent machines because they all have the same results and therefore the same input/output table. The input/output table for another mystery machine is shown below. Ask students to examine the input/output table and then to try to build two equivalent twostep machines that fit this input/output table.
Input  Output 
3  10 
10  24 
1  6 
0  4 
5  6 
1.5  7 
1/3  4 2/3 
Use a Spreadsheet
If you have access to a computer, show students how to build one and twostep
machines using a spreadsheet. Have students go back through this activity and
see if they can build a spreadsheet for each machine.
Share What strategies did we learn about Function Machines? What makes it easier to see the patterns?
Summarize Any strategies that the students didn’t come up with or the strategies that the students came up with that will be helpful in the future.
LESSON 78 MYSTERY MACHINES
8.2.4.2  Solve multistep equations in one variable. Solve for one variable
in a multivariable equation in terms of the other variables. Justify
the steps by identifying the properties of equalities used. For example: The equation 10x + 17 = 3x can be changed to 7x + 17 = 0, and then to 7x = 17 by adding/subtracting the same quantities to both sides. These changes do not change the solution of the equation. Another example: Express the radius of a circle in terms of its circumference. 
Mathematical Focus
Functions as input/output rules (i.e. for every possible input number there is a
rule that determines an output number)
Concrete representations of a machine as a kind of function
Input/output tables as a method to represent patterns
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
Several copies of Student Page 3: OneStep Function Machine
Record Sheet and Student Page 4: TwoStep Function Machine
Record Sheet
Students should be able to use a calculator throughout this activity. When the same calculation is performed repeatedly, it is helpful to use the constant function on the calculator. Some calculators have a constant key. In this case, you will key in the calculation, for example: [+] [1] [1] (plus 11) and then use the constant key [CONS]. Some calculators do not have a constant key. In this case, key in the calculation— [+] [1] [1] —and then use the [=] key. Now, enter any input number and then use the [=] key. For example: [5] [=] will result in 16. [20] [=] will result in 31. Throughout this activity, students may encounter negative numbers. If your student is not familiar with performing calculations with negative numbers, you can either spend some time teaching these concepts (see the unit Number and Operation, Grades 6–8), or set up the function machine problems so that the inputs and outputs are always positive numbers.
Launch
Just as with a function machine, a mystery machine receives an input and
produces an output, but its component machines are hidden. The rule (or
function) is discovered by giving the machine a series of test inputs, examining
the outputs, and trying to determine the hidden rule. Students continue testing
the machine until they can accurately predict the output for any input and can
draw a picture of a function machine that can produce the same outputs as the
mystery machine.
Explore:
1. Find the outputs for onestep function machines.
Using copies of Student Page 3: OneStep Function Machine Record Sheet, create
some problems in which students have to find the outputs. You may want to fill
in the inputs and the function rules using some of these examples:
Rule  Inputs 
( x 12)  5,5,0,1,1,10,10,2,2,12 
( / 10)  0,1,5,10,20,25,30,40,50,100, 
( 15)  0,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5 
2. Find the outputs for twostep function machines.
Using copies of Student Page 4: TwoStep Function Machine Record Sheet, create
some problems in which student have to find the outputs. You may want to fill in
the inputs and the function rules using some of these examples:
Rule  Inputs 
( x3 +1)  0,2,4,6,8,10,12,20,30,50 
( / 2 + 10)  0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 
( x 10 + 1)  0,1,2,3,4,5,1,2,3,4,5 
3. Take turns creating and solving mystery machines.
Think of this as a twoperson game with one person being the machine maker and
the other being the guesser. The machinemaker starts by creating a one or
twostep function machine, keeping the function rule a secret. The machinemaker
announces whether this is a onestep or twostep machine. The guesser gives an
input number. The machinemaker calculates the output. The guesser records the
inputs and corresponding outputs in a table. Play continues until the guesser
thinks he or she knows the rule. The guesser records a rule in a machine and
tests it to see if it gives the correct outputs. When this happens, the mystery
rule is known and players switch roles. (It is important to switch roles because
there is a lot to learn from being the machinemaker as well as the guesser.)
Teaching Tip: The Mystery Machine activity provides an opportunity to develop and discuss strategies. Typically, students will start with random guessing. Next, they may use a systematic sequence of inputs, such as 1, 2, 3,4, . . . or 10, 20, 30, 40, . . . After that, students may use 0 and 1 to learn something about the mystery rule.
Extension: Machines with Outputs Equal to the Inputs
Build a twostep machine that inputs and outputs the same number.
Build a fourstep machine that inputs and outputs the same number.
Have students explain why each machine works.
Share: We have worked on many different strategies, are there any that helped you find the answers today? Were there any new strategies?
Summary: Talking about all the strategies that we went over today.
LESSON 910 GROWING PATTERNS
6.2.1.2  Represent the relationship between two varying quantities with
function rules, graphs and tables; translate between any two of these
representations. For example: Describe the terms in the sequence of perfect squares t = 1, 4, 9, 16, ... by using the rule t = n^2 for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, .... 
Mathematical Focus
•Visual growth patterns—identifying and describing them
•Rules as methods to describe visual and arithmetic patterns
•Input/output tables as a method to represent patterns
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•Student Page 5: 1cm Grid Paper
•Student Pages 6, 7, and 8: Growing Cat, Growing Baby, and GrowWorm
•Several copies of Student Page 9: Input/Output Table Recording Sheet
One major learning goal of this activity is for students to identify a pattern
of growth for each type of Growing Creature and to describe the rule verbally.
If students seem ready, you can work with them to record their rule as a
mathematical expression.
Launch:
Growing Cats are imaginary creatures whose bodies grow by adding shapes in a
patterned, linear way . Students study the Growing Cats at different ages and try
to identify a pattern of growth. They use input/output tables to record the
total number of tiles used to construct each Growing Cat. Students look for
patterns in the visual as well as the numeric data. They write verbal and
mathematical rules to represent the growth patterns for different types of
Growing Creatures.
Explore
1. Examine a Growing Cat and describe how it is
growing.
Tell students that Growing Creatures grow in patterned, linear ways. Different
creatures have different parts that grow in regular ways, such as the arms,
legs, neck, tail, feet, and so forth. Start with Student Page 6: Growing Cat.
Have students examine the cat and determine which parts of its body are growing
[ears and tail]. Ask students to describe how each part is growing [by one
square for each year].
2. Sketch a picture of the Growing Cat at age 3.
3. Create an input/output table for the Growing Cat.
Have students use Student Page 9: Input/Output Table Recording Sheet to create
an input/output table for the Growing Cat.
4. Describe the growth pattern of the cat.
Ask: Can you predict the size of the cat at age 4? Age 5? Age 10? Encourage
students to look for patterns in the input/output table. Ask students to explain
the growth pattern in words. Ask: How does the cat grow from year to year? How
is the amount the cat grows related to the age of the cat?
Example:
♦ At birth, the cat’s size is 17.
♦ At age 1, the cat’s size is 20. [17 + 3 x 1 (year)]
Size at age 1 = size when born plus three squares.
♦ At age 2, the cat’s size is 23.
Size at age 2 = size when born plus 6. [17 + 3 x 2 (years)]
♦ Each year the cat grows three more squares. To find the size of the cat at any
age, multiply the age of the cat by 3 and add the size at birth.
♦ If students are ready, you may want to show them how to translate the verbal
rule into a mathematical expression, such as: Size = 17 + Age x 3 or S = 3A +
17.
5. Sketch other Growing Creatures and describe how they
are growing.
Have students investigated Student Page 7: Growing Baby and Student Page 8:
GrowWorm
6. Create an input/output table for each Growing
Creature and write rules to describe their growth patterns.
Have students create an input/output table to represent the relationship between
the age and size of the creature and then write a rule to describe the growth
pattern. If possible, they may also translate the rule into a mathematical
expression.
Make Your Own Growing Creature
Have students create their own creatures on Student Page 5: 1cm Grid Paper or
with square tiles. As the age of the creature increases by 1, their creatures
should grow by adding a fixed number of tiles, which can be added to the arms,
legs, neck, tail, feet, and so forth.
Share: Our drawings, what strategies did you use to
find a new pattern.
Summarize: A quick overview of all the strategies that we discovered
today.
LESSON 1112 TOOTHPICK PATTERNS
6.2.1.2  Represent the relationship between two varying
quantities with function rules, graphs and tables; translate between any
two of these representations. For example: Describe the terms in the sequence of perfect squares t = 1, 4, 9, 16, ... by using the rule t = n^2 for n = 1, 2, 3, 4, .... 
Mathematical Focus
•Patterns—identifying and describing them
•Rules for understanding arithmetic and visual patterns
•Input/output tables as a method to represent patterns
Students will answer the following questions:
How many toothpicks are needed to construct the next rectangle in this sequence?
How many small squares will be inside the next square in the sequence?
How many toothpicks are needed to construct the next square in this sequence?
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•100 toothpicks
You may use toothpicks or Popsicle sticks for this activity. Whatever material
you choose to use, all the sticks must be the same length.
Launch:
In the toothpick rectangles activity, students may begin by constructing the
rectangle pattern with toothpicks or drawing the pattern on paper. Students
continue drawing/constructing rectangles until they can predict the number of
toothpicks needed for the next rectangle in the sequence.
Students record the number of toothpicks needed for each of the rectangles they
constructed in an input/output table. They look for patterns in the data and
describe a rule for finding the number of toothpicks. For the growing squares
activity, students start by predicting the number of small squares that will be
in the next growing square. Students construct squares and record the numeric
data in a table. They soon discover an interesting number pattern! In the third
part of the activity, students use the visual and numeric patterns to write a
rule for finding the number of toothpicks needed to construct the next growing
square.
Explore:
Part 1: Toothpick Rectangles
1. Construct the next two rectangles in a sequence.
Start by constructing the first three toothpick rectangles with toothpicks (or
popsicle sticks, etc.).
Have students construct the next two rectangles.
2. Describe the pattern you see in the rectangle
constructions.
For example, students may notice that for each new rectangle, three toothpicks
are added—but for the first square there was one extra toothpick.
3. Create an input/output table to record the number of toothpicks needed to construct each rectangle.
4. Look for patterns in the data.
Ask: Can you predict the number of toothpicks needed to make a rectangle with a
side that is 6 toothpicks long? A side that is 7 toothpicks long?
If necessary, have students continue constructing rectangles until they notice a
pattern and are able to describe it.
5. Describe a rule for predicting the number of
toothpicks needed to make a rectangle of any length.
Students may have observed that the length of the rectangle multiplied by 3 plus
1 = the number of toothpicks needed to construct the rectangle. If students are
ready, you may want to introduce how to translate the verbal rule into a
mathematical expression. For example: Toothpicks =
Length x 3 + 1 or T = 3L + 1.
Part 2: Growing Squares
1. Construct the next two squares in a sequence.
Start by constructing the first three toothpick squares with toothpicks (or
popsicle sticks, etc.).
Have students construct the next two squares.
2. Create an input/output table to record the number of small squares inside
each large square.
Encourage students to look for patterns in the data. Ask: Can you predict the number of small squares inside a large square with a side that is 6 toothpicks long? With a side that is 7 toothpicks long? If necessary, have students continue constructing squares until they notice a pattern and are able to describe it.
3. Describe a rule for predicting the number of small
squares inside a large square with any length side.
Students may have observed that the length of the rectangle multiplied by itself
= the number of small squares inside. If students are ready, you may want to
introduce how to translate the verbal rule into a mathematical expression. For
example: Small squares = Length of side x Length of side or S = L2.
Part 3: Toothpick Squares
1. Create an input/output table to record the number of toothpicks needed to
construct
each square from Part 2.
Encourage students to look for patterns in the data. Ask:
Can you predict the number of toothpicks needed to make a square with sides that
are 6 toothpicks long? With side that are 7 toothpicks long?
If necessary, have students continue constructing squares until they notice a
pattern and are able to describe it.
2. Describe a rule for predicting the number of
toothpicks needed to make a square of any length.
Some students will refer back to the toothpick constructions. These students may
observe that the length of the square multiplied by 1 more than itself, then
multiplied by 2 = the number of toothpicks needed [2n(n + 1)]. Other students
will refer to the number patterns in the table. These students may notice that
the outputs increase first by 8, then 12, then 16, then 20, etc
Toothpick Triangles
Have students construct the first five toothpick triangles. Then have students
create an input/output table (input = length of side and output = number of
toothpicks needed) and describe a general rule for finding the number of
toothpicks needed to construct any size triangle.
Toothpick Hexagons
Have students construct the first five toothpick hexagons. Then have students
create an input/output table (input = length of side and output = number of
toothpicks needed) and describe a general rule for finding the number of
toothpicks needed to construct any size hexagon.
Toothpick Polygons
Choose any polygon (e.g., pentagon, heptagon, octagon). Have students construct
the first five toothpick polygons. Then have students create an input/output
table (input = length of side and output = number of toothpicks needed) and
describe a general rule for finding the number of toothpicks needed to construct
any size polygon.
Share: What are some of the strategies that you
noticed? What patterns did you see right away?
Summary:
How long would it take us to do a 250 toothpick triangle? How many would be on
each side?
LESSON 1314 BALANCING EQUATIONS
5.2.3.1  Determine whether an equation or inequality
involving a variable is true or false for a given value of the variable. For example: Determine whether the inequality 1.5 + x < 10 is true for x = 2.8, x = 8.1, or x = 9.2. 
Mathematical Focus
•Solutions to singlevariable equations
•Transformation of equations
•Concept of variable
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
Pan balance scale (optional)
•Pennies (optional)
Launch:
Students are introduced to balance pictures as a representation of equations.
Students learn to do the same thing to both sides of a balance picture to make a
simpler, equivalent equation. Students represent balance pictures as equations
and then solve the equations. If a pan balance scale is available, demonstrate
how it is used. Place 10 pennies on each pan. The pans should balance. Remove
five pennies from one pan. The balance should tip toward the heavier pan. Remove
five pennies from the other pan so the pans balance. Now, add 12 pennies to one
pan (for a total of 17 in one and 5 in the other). Ask: How many pennies do we
need to add to the other side to get the pans to balance?
Be sure students understand that for the pans to balance you must always add or
remove the same number of pennies from each side.
1. Learn about pan balance scales.
Explain the idea of a pan balance scales. (See Preparation and Materials,
above.)
Tell students that rather than use the balance scale for this activity, they
will draw balance pictures—that is, pictures that represent a balance scale.
Explore:
2. Determine the number of pennies in a roll at a
“strange bank.”
Introduce the idea of balance pictures, using the following context of a
“strange bank”:
There is a very strange bank that does a very strange thing. The people who work
there always wrap pennies in rolls of weightless paper, but each day they change
the number of pennies in a roll—so every day the customers have to figure out
how many pennies are in a roll! But the people who work there always give the
customers some clues. On Monday, a customer went into the bank and was given
this clue:
Explain that this is a balance picture showing that 2
rolls of pennies plus 3 loose pennies balances with 1 roll and 13 loose pennies.
Ask: How can we determine the number of pennies in a roll?
Encourage students to develop a plan or strategy for finding the number of
pennies in a roll. If necessary, give a prompt: Let’s remove some pennies from
the pans to make the simplest balance picture we can.
If you remove 3 loose pennies from each pan, the balance now looks like this:
Now, if we remove 1 roll from each pan, the balance looks like this:
3. Solve another balance problem.
Present students with the following balance problem. Encourage students to
develop a plan or strategy for finding the number of pennies in a roll. If
necessary, give a prompt: Let’s remove some pennies from the pans to make the
simplest balance picture we can.
There are many possible answers. Here are a few:
Remove 2 loose pennies from each pan. The new picture would look like this:
Remove 1 roll from each pan. The new picture would look like this:
Remove 3 rolls from each pan. The new picture would look like this:
Encourage students to continue to remove rolls and/or loose pennies until they
have arrived at the simplest picture, which is:
Introduce the method for recording the balance picture as
an equation. For example, the balance picture from step # 5 above can be written
as:
(4 x ) + 2 = (3 x ) +13
4. Record the equations that correspond to balance
pictures.
Create a series of balance pictures and have students record the corresponding
equation.
5. Draw the balance pictures that correspond to some
equations.
Create some equations and have students draw the corresponding balance picture
for each equation. You may want to use some of the equations below.
(6 x ) + 4 = 16
(8 x ) + 10 = 50
(10 x ) + 7 = (8 x ) + 13
(8 x ) + 115 = (5 x ) + 127
6. Solve the balance pictures and record steps taken
with the corresponding equations.
Have students use any of the balance picture/equation pairs, solve the balance
picture, and record each step in a new corresponding equation.
LESSON 15EQUATIONS BINGO
5.2.3.3  Evaluate expressions and solve equations
involving variables when values for the variables are given. For example: Using the formula, A= ℓw, determine the area when the length is 5, and the width 6, and find the length when the area is 24 and the width is 4. 
Mathematical Focus
•Solutions to equations
Equation Bingo is a fun way to practice solving equations.
Preparation and Materials
Before the session, gather the following materials:
•Student Page 10: Equation Pieces, with all the equation pieces cut out
•Several copies of Student Page 11: Bingo Board
•50 small paper squares for covering numbers on the Bingo Boards
Launch:
Each player gets Student Page 11: Bingo Board.
Using the following numbers, players write a number in each space on their bingo
boards:
Place all the equation pieces in a stack, face down.
Players take turns selecting an equation piece from the top of the stack,
placing the piece on the center of the table so all players can see it.
All players solve the equation. If the solution to the equation is on the Bingo
Board, cover it with a small paper square. When five spaces in a row
(horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) are covered, the player shouts
“BINGO!” and wins that game. The player must match his or her covered numbers
with the equations that were solved.
Have students make up their own set of equations to go with the Bingo Board.
Explore
Play Bingo!
Share: What strategies were review? Which one ones
were hard to remember?
Summary: Go over the tough ones.
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