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Lesson 1- Writing Pattern Rules


To encourage your child to have fun on the Web while learning about Writing Pattern Rules, here are some games and interactive activities they can do on their own or in pairs.



Use rules to extend patterns and write pattern rules.


Builds Upon

Student Book pages 4-6

Instructions for Use


Stop that Creature lets your child fill in a t-chart to find the pattern rules.

To use Stop that Creature, find the rule that runs the machine. Enter the rule in the text boxes and click 'OK' to shut it down.



A Mathematics Fantasy allows your child to predict and extend the patterns in tables.

To use A Mathematics Fantasy, have your child predict outcomes after thirty days by selecting one of two options. Option 1 - earn one cent on the first day, two cents on the second day, and double your salary every day thereafter for the thirty days; or option 2 - earn one million dollars. Have your child choose the best payment method. Read the web site and study the two payment options to find the results.


Interactive Calculator allows your child to extend pattern rules.

To use Interactive Calculator, find a pattern in an existing table. Input the term and term number to extend the pattern rule. This number will appear in the calculator window. The number pattern becomes shaded on the hundreds chart.