Progressions Introduction to progression activity2

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  • To identify patterns of numbers
  • To explore different types of number patterns
  • To identify and generalize number sequences

Estimated Time

One period-45 minutes

Prerequisites/Instructions, prior preparations, if any

Students should be familiar with number sequences and identifying different types of sequences.

Materials/ Resources needed

Spreadsheets containing different types of patterns.

Process (How to do the activity)

  • Show the different sequences of numbers in the spreadsheet and ask them:
  • Compare the yellow and blue columns. What do you observe?
  • Write the general form for the sequence in yellow
  • Compare the blue and green columns. What do you observe?
  • Is there any difference between the green and the purple column?
  • Can you relate the purple series to the pattern you saw before?
  • Can you state the rule for the purple row?
  • Ask students to observe the series and generalize.

Evaluation at the end of the activity

  1. Generalizing any given number sequence.