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When we are given a group of numbers and we observe that they follow a sequence, such groups involve number patterns. These patterns help us visualise and understand numbers in a better way.
See the fact file below for more information on the number pattern or alternatively, you can download our 28-page Number Pattern worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment. This worksheet is broken down by Beginner, intermediate and advanced meaning you can choose the complexity level for your student.
Key Facts & Information
- Groups of number often follow a sequence or pattern.
- Identifying such patterns helps us predict solutions.
- Helps in identifying relation between numbers.
What is number pattern?
- When we are given a group of numbers and we observe that they follow a sequence, such groups involve number patterns.
- These patterns help us visualize and understand numbers in a better way.
- This concept is also one of the basic building blocks when learning mathematics.
- If you are able to find the pattern then the solution is easy to find.
- Suppose we have a group of numbers:
- When we observe these numbers we find out that the starting number is 1 and by adding two we get the next number. This can also be seen on the number line:
- Hence we can say that a specific pattern is being followed here.
How to identify these patterns?
- When we start dealing with number groups we begin to notice that most of them have a pattern or a sequence.
- Identifying these patterns is important and this comes with practice.
- The more you practice with numbers, the more easier it is to identify the hidden pattern they follow. Once we know how to identify these patterns, calculations become easier.
- Skip counting also follows a certain number pattern. When skip counting by 2 we jump by an interval of two. Similarly when we skip count by 3s, 4s and 5s we jump by intervals of 3, 4 and 5. Hence we can identify a pattern in skip counting as well.
Importance of number patterns
- Learning number patterns helps build a strong foundation in mathematics and will help in working with numbers.
- Children will be able to learn the relationships that exist between numbers.
- Children will learn to observe sequences and will be able to predict what comes next. This skill will be helpful for them throughout this course.
- These patterns make it easier for students to understand multiplication and addition.
- We will begin with some basic examples that will help us identify and predict the missing numbers.
- See the group of numbers given below:
2, 4, 6, 8, 10, ?
- When we observe this group we realize that starting from zero we get the next number by jumping two units.
- This is also an example of skip counting by 2 starting from zero. This also resembles the multiplication table of two.
- So we can say that all these concepts are interlinked with one another. By understand one concept we can have a thorough understanding of all the related concepts.
- We will use the number line to get the answer.
- Hence by jumping two units to the right starting from 10 we get the answer 12. So 12 is the missing number.
- Now we have another sequence:
0, 4, 8, ?
- This again resembles skip counting by 4 starting from zero and multiplication table of 4.
- We will again use the number line two identify the pattern and find the missing number.
- By standing on 8 we jump 4 units to the right and land on 12 which is the missing number.
- Now we solve an example of a number that is not starting from zero and has a few missing numbers in between.
- Let us consider the following sequence:
6, 9, 12, 15, ?, 21, 24, ?, 30, 33
- By observing the above numbers, we notice than the number 3 is added to get the next number
- Hence by adding 3 to 15 we get the missing number 18 and by adding 3 to 24 we get the missing number 27.
- Consider the number sequence given below:
17, 19, 21, ?, 25, ?, 29
- When we observe the first and second number we see that they are separated by an interval of 2.
- We observe the same pattern in the second and third number.
- Hence by adding 2 to 21 we get 23 which is the first missing number and by adding 2 to 25 we get the 27 which is the second missing number.
- There are also group of number where numbers decrease in value by following a certain pattern.
- This pattern has to be identified to find the missing numbers.
- This is similar to the above examples but in this case instead of adding a number to the previous number to get the next number, we subtract a certain number to get the next number.
- A simple example is given to understand the concept. Consider the following group of numbers:
20, 15, 10, ?, 0
- When we observe we identify that the numbers are being subtracted by 5 to get the next number.
- In other words we can also say that we move 5 units to left of the number line to get the next number.
- Hence in the above example the missing number is 5.
Number Pattern Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about number pattern across 28 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Number Pattern worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the number pattern. When we are given a group of numbers and we observe that they follow a sequence, such groups involve number patterns. These patterns help us visualise and understand numbers in a better way.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Worksheet 1 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 2 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 3 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 4 (Beginner
- Worksheet 5 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 6 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 7 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 8 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 9 (Advance)
- Worksheet 10 (Advance)
- Worksheet 11 (Advance)
- Worksheet 12 (Advance)
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