Back to basics

28th March 2014 at 00:00
Help students to create order from apparent randomness and chaos by drawing on this comprehensive set of resources exploring different types of sequences and number patterns

1. Sequences rule

What is it? An interactive activity to help students aged 11 to 14 explore sequences and their associated rules

What users say "The idea is really good. I will use this and will try to create a similar one with different sequences."

2. Shaping up

What is it? A variety of resources on shape patterns, plus work on number patterns

What users say "The activity sheets have some great ideas as to how you could include some practical investigations within this unit of work."

3. Prime examples

What is it? A worksheet on sequences for homework or classroom use, covering decimals, negatives, primes and squares

What users say "Another very nice and to-the-point worksheet. Covers the basics of sequences."

4. Quadratic quizzes

What is it? Resources for teaching all aspects of sequences, including linear and quadratic sequences, and two quizzes to round things off

What users say "I can't wait to try the quiz. Thanks a million for these."

5. Nth degree

What is it? Quick true or false questions on finding the nth term to use as lesson starters

What users say "Love these. I'm going to tell students to stand up for true and stay sitting for false - nothing like a bit of kinaesthetic activity first thing on a Thursday morning!"

6. Hidden gems

What is it? A treasure hunt: find the nth term and use it to generate a number in the pattern

What users say "Very useful resource. Can be used as a quick activity during a lesson on sequences - engaging for students."

7. Linear links

What is it? A presentation for introducing the differences between linear and quadratic sequences

What users say "This really helped me as a newly qualified teacher - thank you."

8. Pretty patterns

What is it? A selection of resources and tests on number patterns

What users say "A great sequences resource full of examples and plenty of questions, with more than just the usual `What comes next, how do you know?'"

9. Sequences bingo

What is it? A game in which students must work out the nth term in order to play

What users say "Hooray! Somebody else who loves a good game of maths bingo."

10. Tables turned

What is it? A method for finding the nth term that draws on prior knowledge of multiplication tables, aimed at lower-ability students

What users say "Fantastic resource. Just what I was looking for."


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