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Identifying and Complete Math Patterns

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Grade 5 Operations - 5.OA.B.3

How to Look for Patterns in Number Sequences - Have you ever played, "hangman?" The game where you have to fill the missing letters in the blanks till you guess the word completely? It is really fun to play, right? Well, similar to the game, math has a number series that goes on and on. The secret to filling the number in the sequence is to find the pattern that is being followed. Before we move on to find the pattern, it is important that you first know what sequence itself means. In math, the word sequence refers to a set of things, usually numbers that are presented in order. Every number in the sequence series is known as term, member, or element. The next step is to find what the pattern is, or what rule is being used in the given sequence. For example; 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, ... The dots at the end of the sequence indicate that the sequence is infinite. In the example, the pattern used is odd numbers. To find out the pattern, it is important that you thoroughly look at it. Just like this sequence, there are other sequences with patterns. You can solve them by paying attention; they are quite easy! These worksheets and lessons will help students learn how to spot missing sections of math patterns and have them complete them.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Two Rule Pattern Sheets

The first two involve double patterns. The last one focuses on identifying fixed patterns.

  • Homework 1 - Find the difference or operations between successive boxes.
  • Homework 2 - Since it follows a pattern, whatever operation was applied to the first number, must be applied to the second number too.
  • Homework 3 - Identify the number pattern and fill in the missing numbers.

Practice Worksheets

Complete the incomplete is the basic theme we have going here.

  • Practice 2 - The best way to attack these types of problem is to look at what operation(s) is/are going on between successive integers.
  • Practice 3 - We do have a lot to work off of here, because the first four integers are in succession.

Math Skill Quizzes

The first two are basically a primer for the third quiz.

  • Quiz 1 - If the values were to decrease, we would have thought subtraction and division.
  • Quiz 2 - We can identify two sets of successive boxes.
  • Quiz 3 - Fill in the missing number(s) in each function machine.