Task 1: How Does A Pattern Grow?
Students extend a given pattern using tiles or pattern blocks.
Overview of Math Concept:
Generalize a rule for how a pattern grows. Extend a pattern using manipulatives.
Materials:
 Blackline master of Growing Patterns Task Cards
 Cardstock or construction paper
 Set of approximately 30 square tiles or triangles per student
Teacher Preparation
 Copy the task cards from the blackline master on cardstock or construction
paper and laminate.
 Cut the cards apart.
 Make copies of directions as needed for students, assistants, or teachers
to use in a center or small group setting.
 Arrange for a large table or rug space for students to build the patterns.
This activity can be done in a center (either individually or with a
partner) or as a whole class.
 Review growing patterns before doing this activity.
Directions
 Choose a task card.
 Take a pile of square tiles or triangles.
 Look at the pattern. Decide how it is growing.
 Use the tiles to make the next two shapes in the pattern. Be prepared
to explian how the pattern is growing.
 Follow our teacher's directions for checking your work.
 If there is time, choose another task card.
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Task 2: Growing Patterns Starters
Students create a growing pattern using tiles.
Overview of Math Concept:
Generalize a rule for how a pattern grows. Create and extend a pattern,
using manipulatives.
Materials:
 Blackline master of Growing Patterns Starters
 Cardstock or construction paper
 Set of approximately 30 square tiles per student group
 Set of approximately 3040 1" paper squares per student group
 1 large sheet of paper per student group
 Glue
Teacher Preparation:
 Copy the Growing Patterns Starters from the blackline
master on cardstock or construction paper and laminate.
 Cut the cards apart.
 Make copies of directions as needed for students, assistants,
or teachers to use in a center or small group setting.
 Cut paper squares.
 Assemble other needed materials.
 Arrange for a large table or rug space for students
to build the patterns. This activity can be done in a center or as a
whole class. Decide whether students will work individually or in partners.
 Review growing patterns before doing this activity.
Directions
 Choose a Pattern Starter card.
 Take a pile of square tiles.
 Copy the starter pattern.
 Try some different ways to make it grow.
 Choose your favorite way to make it grow.
 Make your pattern grow until you have at least four shapes in your
pattern. Make more if you can!
 Be prepared to explain how the pattern is growing.
 Follow your teacher's directions for checking your work.
 After your work has been checked, copy your pattern onto the large
paper using the paper squares.
 Glue the squares onto the paper.
 Write on the paper, telling how your pattern grows. Be sure to use
words and numbers.
