Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Analyze Patterns and Relationships of Ordered Pairs

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a numerical pattern using a given rule and apply to generate ordered pairs. Students will explain the relationship between the numbers.

Know Before You Start: This lesson would be useful after an introduction to numerical patterns and ordered pairs.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • What rule is Professor McBean’s machine following? 
    • Use the table linked in the Resources section to show the ordered pairs depicted in the comic.


  • Students will discuss and explain the relationship between the x and y in an ordered pair.

  • Students can practice generating ordered pairs using two given rules, e.g., starting with 0, add 4 and starting with 0, add 6.

  • Using the sample comic and the table as a guide, students will depict three ordered pairs in a comic. Have students explain the relationship between the numbers in the final panel.

  • Have students create their own comic with a different numerical pattern.


  • Have students work in pairs to check their work.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to create their comic in their home language.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.


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