Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking- Generate and Analyze Patterns

Grade Level: 4

Objective: Explanation



Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself.

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.

Perfect Patterns - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Perfect Patterns - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Perfect Patterns - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Perfect Patterns - Exemplar comic, panel 4 Perfect Patterns - Exemplar comic, panel 5

Hook: 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?


  • Students will choose a rule to follow when creating a number pattern.

  • Students will 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, students will create their own 4-6 frame comic introducing a pattern and a rule. The characters in the comic should explain how the rule works.

Closure: Students will share their comics with a partner. Partners will check each other’s work to make sure their rules were followed correctly.


  • Choose pattern rule for students as needed

  • Provide sentence frames for character conversation. 

  • Allow students to work in pairs.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic 1.