Patterning and Algebra

Be sure to check out the Guide to Effective Instruction: Patterning and Algebra, Grades 4 to 6 to support your planning and instruction in this strand.


1.  University of Waterloo Invitations to Mathematics resources – main website (, The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (2010)

Investigations in Patterns and Algebra: “What’s the Pattern?”, Grade 4

Investigations in Patterns and Algebra: “Picture the Pattern”, Grade 5

Investigations in Patterns and Algebra: “Patterns All Over”, Grade 6

2. Resources from

patterning and algebra_act_gr6

Algebra – Warmup Activity

Algebra – Laser Tag Activity


3. Algebra lessons (

4. The Rocket Pattern (Math Solutions PD) – A grade 6 lesson where students use pattern blocks to create the states, or patterns, of building a rocket (growing patterns), create a T-chart and record the number of rockets per stage.

5. The Guess My Rule: Function Machine Game

6. Function Machine Virtual Manipulative (National Library of Virtual Manipulatives)

7. Virtual Balance – students practice balancing equations with variables (National Library of Virtual Manipulatives)

8. Another function machine game! (Student Interactive Activities)

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