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Index patterns

Students begin this lesson sequence by discussing the number line, ensuring students understand its use. Then students are introduced to exponents both negative and postive, observing how this can alter an answer. Students work collaboratively identifying patterns when changing the power and the base. Students then move on to cube numbers completing similar tasks.

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Year level(s) Year 8
Audience Teacher
Purpose Content knowledge, Student task, Teaching resource, Teaching strategies, Planning support
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Collaborative learning, Differentiated teaching, Explicit teaching, Feedback, Questioning, Setting goals, Structuring lessons, Worked examples
Keywords powers, base, cube, integers, indices, negative, postive, exponent, squares

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections ICT general capability, Numeracy
Strand and focus Number, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Indices, Operating with number, Patterns and algebra, Addition and subtraction, Multiplication and division, Place value
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMNA182 Use index notation with numbers to establish the index laws with positive integral indices and the zero index
National numeracy learning progression Additive strategies
Number patterns and algebraic thinking - NPA6

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