Teacher guide reSolve: Algebra: Number Sequences

TLF ID M021830

This sequence of lessons aims to build students' algebraic thinking through explorations of additive number patterns. Students are challenged to solve problems to generate patterns, explore strategies for addition and subtraction and apply their skills to constructing their own new patterns.The lessons are outlined in detail including curriculum links, materials needed, discussion points and student resources such as templates. This sequence is part of the reSolve: Maths by Inquiry program.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is valuable for supporting the Number and Algebra strand of year 3 mathematics. There are various activities during the lessons where students are asked to use addition facts for single-digit numbers and related subtraction facts to develop mental strategies.
  • The resource is also extremely valuable for the content description about number patterns. In particular, the activities invite students to investigate and create number patterns resulting from performing repeated addition and later also using subtraction.
  • The resource is also valuable for supporting the Numeracy general capability. The lessons provide multiple opportunities for students to apply skills in estimating and calculating with whole numbers to solve and model problems using efficient mental and written strategies.
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
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  • Name: Australian Academy of Science
  • Organization: Australian Academy of Science
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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