Use rules and algorithms: Year 6 – planning tool

This planning resource for Year 6 is for the topic of Use rules and algorithms. Students generate and investigate patterns using concrete materials, geometric shapes, calculators and spreadsheets. Some examples are growing patterns using dots, cubes or sticks; systematically exploring dividing by 9 or multiplying by 11 on a calculator or spreadsheet; and observing the differences between repeatedly adding or multiplying by the same number.

Additional details

Year level(s) Year 6
Audience Teacher
Purpose Planning support, Teaching resource, Teaching strategies, Student task, Home practice tasks
Format Web page
Keywords lesson plans, assessment task, teaching strategies, pedagogies, Australian Curriculum, learning from home, misconceptions

Curriculum alignment

Strand and focus Algebra
Topics Computational thinking
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions
Recognise and use rules that generate visually growing patterns and number patterns involving rational numbers

Create and use algorithms involving a sequence of steps and decisions that use rules to generate sets of numbers; identify, interpret and explain emerging patterns

Numeracy progression Number patterns and algebraic thinking (P5)

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