Mathematical Monday {Patterns}

We survived Monday friends!  I don't know if it was because we were out of school for most of the week last week or what....or if it was because we passed out valentines today (which I may or may not have gotten into chocolates from my sweeties on the way home today)....but today seemed super long.  It was great to get back into the swing of things though because we still have LOTS to learn!

Tonight I'm linking up with my BFF, Jess, over at I Heart Recess for her Mathematical Monday linky.
We've been working on 3.OA.9 for a little while now and here are a few ideas of what we've done.  We started by looking at an addition chart and analyzing patterns that we noticed.  My kiddos played some cooperative games to talk about the patterns that they saw on the addition chart, such as even + even = even or odd + odd = even. 
Another day we did a similar activity but we looked at patterns on the hundreds chart (sorry for the horrible pics...I need a new phone!!!)  They enjoyed working with the multiplication chart even more because they are so excited about learning their facts...big 3rd graders that they are! =O)  I was super impressed at the patterns that they noticed.
After that, we used some task cards to really analyze these patterns with addition and multiplication.  I've noticed on assessments my kiddos really get tricked when they have to answer questions telling if someone's strategy or reasoning is correct.  These task cards were a great way for us to focus on this style of questioning and for them to work on these two Math Practice Standards-construct viable arguments and look for and make use of structure.
We've also started to look at patterns and determine the rule for the given pattern. The kiddos had a lot of fun playing this game called Who Rules?
If you're interested in any of these activities, you can find these and others in my Patterns Pack.
Hopefully, I'll be back soon with some more ideas for addressing this standard!

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  1. Thank you for sharing! My grade-level and I were just speaking to our CC about this standard. We need more help and more resources :) We will probably be applying for a PO so we can purchase this for the entire grade level!! I'm your newest follower! Excited about finding another 3rd grade teacher!
    Teaching in Paradise

  2. Hi Courtney, my students really enjoyed these pattern activities! I tried to create a balance of having students complete basic number patterns and doing some critical thinking about patterns.

    Thanks for being a new follower! I have followed you for a long time (but don't comment because I'm usually on my phone and can't get it to let me hubby thinks it's because I have two gmail accounts loaded on there). Anyways, I need to get better about actually getting on my laptop (like I am right now) and commenting to people!


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