Pascals Triangle

Students started class by watching a video that showed them that being slow at math does not mean that they cannot do math.  In fact, some of the best math thinkers take their time to understand the material.

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They were then shown the first five rows Pascal’s triangle and asked to individually look for as many patterns that they could see.

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Students were put into groups and told to discuss with their group members the patterns that they found.  They were then prompted to complete the missing numbers in the pattern.

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Lastly they were given some challenges to find other patterns.  These challenges were:

  • Find the sum of each row. There is a pattern, what is it?
  • Shade all of the odd numbers, what is the pattern?
  • How do the numbers in the triangle relate to the powers of 11?

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