We began the unit with patterns. We did both shape and number patterns--all kinds of patterns. On the more complicated number patterns that have alternating rules or less than obvious patterns, I teach kids to use a bridge underneath each number to recognize what is happening. They look at it in all directions-- are they adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing each number? Then they learn to look at the pattern within the bridges. I have seen year after year that kids use the bridges on their work, especially on state testing.
You can see an example of the bridge under a few of the number examples on our Patterns & Functions Anchor Chart. Some close ups on the anchor chart below...
We used a differentiated packet that I created to practice patterning (I'm silly and left the pictures at school, so I will have to add those tomorrow). We did all kinds of practice, and the kids actually wanted MORE. We also had a set of patterns and functions task cards that we used to practice.
After I felt like they had mastered this, I moved on to coordinate graphing, which was a breeze for my students. They copied the anchor chart in their math journal and then did a proof. We practiced with a bunch of function tables. We created coordinate graph pictures of our own and worked through a few story problems. This only took a day or two and they were solid!
This week, they will be taking their quiz over this unit, which I offer for FREE at my TpT store. Click on the picture or here to download it for free. (An answer key is included, too!)