Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Introduction to Sequences - Section 1: Categorizing with Partners


I added this lesson at the beginning of the Linear unit because I wanted students to be able to explore and recognize similarities among sequences themselves. Students like working with patterns, and finding the missing numbers.  Students have an intrinsic motivation to want to complete the patterns.  I want students to begin to see the connection between their prior knowledge of patterns and the functions that we are studying this year.  I think that the students were able to take more ownership of their own learning by taking those similarities and forming conclusions about certain relationships between sequences and functions.  

I think that this student ownership will carry through other lessons about sequences and functions. Students will be more successful in the Linear Unit if they can form conclusions from patterns and observations.

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Introduction to Sequences

Unit 3: Linear Functions
Lesson 1 of 20

Objective: SWBAT find the next three terms of a given sequence and create different categories based on the patterns.

Big Idea: Students will be able to write sequences from patterns, words, and given information.

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linear functions, Math, quadratic functions, partner work, categorizing sequences, arithmetic sequences, geometric sequences,, exponential function, recognizing patterns, completing sequences, graphing functions
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