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Staircase patterns

Uses concrete materials to model patterns in triangular numbers and square numbers. Students are then invited to explore a challenging problem that arises from these observations.

Additional details

Year level(s) Year 6
Audience Student, Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource, Teaching strategies
Format Video
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Questioning, Targeted teaching
Keywords case, pattern, growing pattern, triangular numbers, problem-solving, reasoning, explicit teaching

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Number, Algebra, Build understanding
Topics Patterns and algebra
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions
Recognise and use rules that generate visually growing patterns and number patterns involving rational numbers

Numeracy progression Number patterns and algebraic thinking (P5)

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