Teacher-Facing Resources


Estimated Time:10 minutes


Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish

Primary Objectives:

  • Student demonstrates an understanding of a pattern as a group of things or a series of actions that are arranged in a certain order that repeats itself.
  • Student knows that the steps that a pattern follows is also called the pattern's rule.
  • Student understands how to analyze a group of objects to determine if the group is arranged in a Student demonstrates how to use a pattern's rule to predict the next step in the pattern or find what is missing or incorrect in a pattern.
  • Student understands that directions are a list of steps that are done in a certain order.
  • Student analyzes information, or data, in order to organize that information into useful and accurate directions.
  • Student determines what information is needed to help accomplish a task.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student looks for and makes sense of structure.
  • Student uses algorithmic thinking to analyze patterns.


Analyze Algorithms 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Analyze Algorithms 

Critical / Analytical Thinking

Language Arts > Life Skills Daily Life > Critical / Analytical Thinking


Mathematics > Number Operations > Patterns > General

Listening / Pay Attention

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Comprehension > Listening / Pay Attention

Look for and make use of structure

Mathematics > Process Standards > Common Core > Look for and make use of structure


Mathematics > Process Standards > Computation > Methods/Steps/Strategies


Mathematics > Process Standards > Problem Solving > Methods/Steps/Strategies


Language Arts > Reading / Literature > Comprehension / Analysis > Word Study > Nonfiction

Problem Solving 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Problem Solving 


Mathematics > Process Standards > Models/Representations > Problem-solving

Technical / Specialized

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Content Specific > Technical / Specialized

Vocabulary Development

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary and Abbreviations 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > Vocabulary and Abbreviations 


Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Vocabulary 

how-to / process writing

Language Arts > Writing > Directions Instructions > how-to / process writing
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  • Younger students may need assistance in reading the questions. You may wish to preview the questions and the new vocabulary before the student completes the quiz.

  • To give students more opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of patterns, ask students to create patterns with manipulatives or by drawing shapes or other objects. Students can then challenge their classmates to guess the pattern. You may also use classroom display areas to create a pattern with signs and objects and ask the class to determine the pattern and find what should come next. You may also choose to display a series of patterns for students on a smartboard or overhead projector and ask students to draw out the next object in the pattern.
  • Directions and patterns are an important part of the school day. Students can create posters of a classroom routine and the directions for that routine. Ask students to choose a routine and act it out individually, in pairs or in small groups. Students can then determine which routine is being portrayed.

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