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Chairs Around The Table

In this lesson from Illuminations, students explore and discover linear relationships. Linear patterns are identified, extended and described verbally, numerically and algebraically through three investigations. Using manipulatives and the linked applet, "Chairs", learners determine the number of chairs needed when the number of tables is known, and vice versa. Instructional plan, questions for the students, assessment options, extensions and teacher reflections are provided.
Contributed by: Samuel E. Zordak - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 8The resources in this collection are intended to help educators understand and implement the eighth Mathematical Practice Standard of the CCSS. You will find informative presentations, lesson plans, and problem sets that will help establish mathematical habits of mind that support this standard. You'll also find many problem tasks for use with students in the companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Basic Operations, Number Sense, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level3, 4, 5
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorSamuel E. Zordak - Author, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Publisher
    • Publication Date2011
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2000 - 2011 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 4.666665
      A complete package
      By Uncle Bob on 06/21/2012 - 11:21
    • An instructive investigation with a real application. I have seen several versions of seating pattern lessons, but this one has nice flexibility in the assesment and extension suggestions, and in the applets which work well.
    • 4.666665
      I agree with Uncle Bob
      By Molly on 08/16/2012 - 09:57
    • This lesson works very well in the classroom. Students were engaged and successful.
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      By scalett on 11/16/2016 - 03:17
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