As we just finished our Patterning unit in Grade 3, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the culminating task I did with my Grade 4's last year around this same time. I wanted to comment on my student's progress on their reports so we created a flip book in class where the students could show what they know about patterns.
The first pictures show the example I made as a template for my class. They were asked to create geometric and number patterns that repeat, then growing patterns using both addition and multiplication. Finally, I asked then to make 2 different shrinking patterns. Once they had completed this part of the flip book we went back through the book and I asked them to extend and predict a term for each of their patterns. In some cases it was a term that was quite high..the 42nd term... sometimes it was much closer...the 10th term, but what I did ask is that they use at least three different methods in their flip book to extend their patterns. We had already discussed skip counting, T charts, multiplication, a hundreds chart and they were also free to use any other method they felt would work for them.
I am super proud about how they turned out!