Semester 2 Topic 2 Level F

Task Name : Straights Game Task Level : F (Grade 5)
Semester : 1 Topic : Algebra Patterns VC Strand : Patterns and Algebra
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Equipment Needed : Set ofStraights” cards per pair
Victorian Curriculum outcome : Describe, continue and create patterns with fractions, decimals and whole numbers resulting from addition and subtraction.
Task description : Students play in pairs, or at most threes, the “Straights” game. Each student receives ten cards, and the object is to lay down patterns of cards that have the same difference between each card (minimum of three cards). A pattern of three is awarded ten points – for each additional card the number of points is doubled. If the pattern has two colours, a bonus of 50 points is awarded. If the pattern has three colours, 250 bonus points are awarded. Students record ten runs they create while they are playing, and the addition or subtraction that creates the pattern.
Assessment options : Photographs of cards. Handwritten or digital records of the runs.
Teacher notes : Seeing patterns that involve adding more than 0.1 is a struggle for many students, as their grasp on decimal place value can be weak. Try talking in terms of money – the two decimal places and increments of 0.05 may help this connection.
Downloads : straights cards