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# Circus towers: square stacks

TLF ID L1935

Work out how many acrobats are needed to form square-shaped human towers. Start by building a square tower with four acrobats: two acrobats in the base layer and two acrobats standing on their shoulders. Examine a table and graph of the total number of acrobats in the towers. Predict the number of acrobats needed to build bigger towers. Describe how the number pattern is formed.

#### Educational details

Educational value
• Students identify numerical characteristics of spatial patterns.
• Students extend numerical patterns.
• Students enter data into tables.
• Illustrates the usefulness of tables and graphs to identify and display patterns.
• Introduces students to non-linear graphs.
• Students generalise multiplicative patterns and rules using words and algebraic forms.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6

Learning area
• Mathematics

#### Other details

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• Publisher
• Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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• Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
• Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
• URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
• Interactive
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