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Patterns and Algebra in Stages 3 and 4 Judy Anderson The University of Sydney AIS Conference 2008

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2 Patterns and Algebra in K–10 Expressing generality (x + y = y + x) Using and interpreting functions ( y = 3x ) Solving equations ( 3x – 1 = 5)

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AIS Conference How can we begin? Some magic … A story … An everyday situation … A puzzle … An investigation …

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AIS Conference The Magic of Numbers Think of a number between 1 and 64 Write down everything you can about your number Share this with a friend – can you think of any other interesting things about these two numbers? Finding your number …

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AIS Conference A long time ago … A mathematician invented the game of chess and presented it to the king. The king was so pleased with the game that he asked the mathematician to name a reward. The mathematician looked at the chessboard, consisting of 64 squares, and asked for some rice according to the rule: “One grain of rice on the first square, 2 grains of rice on the second square, 4 grains on the third square, 8 on the fourth and so on … until the last square.” The king thought that the mathematician was a bit simple, so he readily agreed and sent for the rice from the royal warehouse. How much rice did the king need?

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AIS Conference I noticed the other morning when hanging some clothes on the line that I hang each item separately with two pegs per item. How many pegs would I need to hang 1 item, 2 items, 5 items, 30 items, and so on? How would you describe this pattern in words? Everyday number patterns

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AIS Conference The clothesline – A peggy problem! When I was a kid in the country, I used two pegs for the first towel, and then one new peg for each additional towel. How many pegs are required for 1 item, 2 items, 5 items, 30 items, and so on? Mum used to overlap the towels but she would put an extra peg in the middle of each towel. What does the pattern look like now?

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AIS Conference Think of a number … Add 2 Multiply by 4 Subtract 4 Divide by 4 Subtract the number your started with What is the answer? Use Algebra to show how this works?

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AIS Conference Another think of a number … Think of a number between 2 and 10 Multiply it by nine Add the two digits of your answer Subtract five Choose a letter of the alphabet corresponding to the number …

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AIS Conference Algebraic thinking … Patterns and Algebra Generating and investigating patterns Observing, predicting and proving Describing relationships Making generalisations and proving results Using and applying algebraic symbolism to solve problems Working Mathematically Questioning Applying Strategies Communicating Reasoning Reflecting

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AIS Conference The developmental sequence Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

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AIS Conference Building foundations for Algebra in K – 6 Mathematics Number Patterns – pattern work leads to expressing generality eg continue the pattern 3, 6, 9, 12, …. 1, 4, 9, 16, ….. Number Relationships –building understandings of number and operations is also very important

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AIS Conference Building foundations includes: Understanding the properties of numbers and operations Using all numbers, not just whole numbers Seeing the operations, not just the answers 125 5 = x 5 = = + 2

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AIS Conference What’s my rule?

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AIS Conference Activity Generate three different number patterns that include the number 12. Try to use different kinds of numbers and different operations. Look at one of your neighbour’s patterns and find the next three numbers in the pattern.

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AIS Conference Questions to pose: What number comes next? How do you know? What number will be 10 th ? How do you know? Can you predict the 20 th number? How could you check if you are correct? Does the number ‘x’ belong to this pattern?

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AIS Conference Consider investigating other patterns = = = continue, predict other cases and explain The aim of pattern work is to: develop facility and flexibility with numbers build intuitive understanding of properties.

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AIS Conference Stage 3 Build simple geometric patterns involving multiples Complete a table of values for geometric and number patterns

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AIS Conference Describe a pattern in words in more than one way (determining a rule to describe the pattern from the table) ‘It looks like the 3 times tables.’ ‘You multiply the top number by three to get the bottom number.’

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AIS Conference Construct, verify and complete number sentences involving the four operations with a variety of numbers completing number sentences: 5 + = 12 – 4 7 = 7.7 constructing number sentences to match a word problem checking solutions and describing strategies

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AIS Conference Learning about using inverse operations I think of a number, multiply it by 3, take away 9 and then divide by 5. The answer is 3. What was the number I thought of? ( ( 3 - 9) 5 ) = 3 Answer: 8

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AIS Conference Example of “backtracking” I think of a number, multiply it by 3, take away 9 and then divide by 5. The answer is 3. What was the number I thought of? 3 3 -9 55

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AIS Conference Stage 4 - Introducing Pronumerals K is the number of letters in your name - so always stands for a number K takes multiple values (unknown or variable)

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AIS Conference (g + 4) = g g + 4 = g + g + 8 = 2g + 8

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AIS Conference (n+n+6) (2 + n) 2 + 6

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AIS Conference Describe this pattern in words? Describe this pattern using symbols? What is the value of the 10 th, 20 th, 50 th, 100 th terms? Compare your answers. Discuss any differences to clarify who has predicted correctly.

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AIS Conference Functional Thinking: Students have difficulty connecting the top number with the bottom number Common errors: “x goes up by 1 and y goes up by 4” x+1= y + 4 “ y starts at one and you keep adding 4” x = 1 + 4y Algebra is not a personal shorthand to jot things down Algebra cannot be used to express all patterns

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AIS Conference Students need to develop mature operations Counting Adding Multiplying

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AIS Conference Algebra resources … Syllabus and Sample Units of Work DET Patterns and Algebra RIC pattern books (Paul Swan) Origo algebra books (Elizabeth Warren) AAMT Others???

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