Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Generate and Analyze Patterns

Grade Level: 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create and explain their own number patterns and rules.

Know Before You Start: Students should have experience identifying and following rules for patterns.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • Do you notice a pattern?
    • Can you determine the rule for the pattern?
    • Discuss how you determined the rule.
    • What would the next two numbers in the pattern be?


  • Have students choose a rule to follow when creating a number pattern.

  • Have students start with a number of their choice and follow their rule to generate the next five numbers in the pattern on a piece of scrap paper.

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create their own five-panel comic introducing a pattern and a rule. The characters in the comic should explain how the rule works.


  • Have students share their comics with a partner.
  • Partners will check each other’s work to make sure their rules were followed correctly.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide a pattern rule for students as needed.

  • Provide sentence frames as needed.

  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.