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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.


Algorithm Development 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Algorithm Development 

Analyze Algorithms 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Programming > Analyze Algorithms 

Critical / Analytical Thinking

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


Science > Concepts and Processes > Data Analysis and Interpretation > Engineering


Science > Concepts and Processes > Problem Solving > Engineering


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


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

Sort Objects or Pictures

Social Studies > Process and Literacy Skills > Social Science - History > Sort Objects or Pictures

Technical / Specialized

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

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.
S.5.a Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
S.5.b Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
S.5.c Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
S.5.d Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
1A-AP-08 Model daily processes by creating and following algorithms (sets of step-by-step instructions) to complete tasks. (P4.4)
1A-AP-12 Develop plans that describe a program’s sequence of events, goals, and expected outcomes. (P5.1, P7.2)
ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
Math.Practice.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Math.Practice.MP4 Model with mathematics.
Math.Practice.MP7 Look for and make use of structure.
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