This three act task is based on the Jo Boaler task that she shows in her Ted Talk video where the different color tiles are falling and people see the pattern emerge in different ways, Although this shows only one way of the colors being added, it’s a great visual representation of how a pattern grows and and looking at perfect squares I just thought this was such a great task for students to grapple with in this way. Although this task is great for many standards, I have chosen to link it to numeric patterns 4.OA.C.5.
What did you notice? What do you wonder?
Focus Question: What will the 5th shape look like? or How many tiles will be in the 5th shape?