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Find a Pattern Using Children's Literature

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Author:Joni Briscoe
System: Cullman County
School: Cullman County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 5599


Find a Pattern Using Children's Literature


Students use the problem solving strategy of "find a pattern" to predict the number of grains of rice Rani (from the book, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi) will receive after 30 days. Students use a spreadsheet to illustrate data from the story.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 6
5. Fluently divide multi-digit whole numbers using a standard algorithm to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.6.5 Apply the concepts of dividing multi-digit numbers without remainders to real-world problems.

MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 6
6. Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals using a standard algorithm.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.6.6 Solve two-factor multiplication problems with products up to 100 (whole numbers only).

Local/National Standards:

Goals: 1) Apply guess and check, find a pattern, draw a diagram and other problem-solving strategies to develop inductive and deductive thinking. 2) Students will algebraically respresent, model, analyze, and solve mathematical and real world problems involving patterns and functional relationships

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will apply find-a-pattern and make-a-table strategies in order to solve problems. Students will record data needed to solve a problem expressed in words. Students will explore, describe, and extend patterns. Students will make generalizations about a pattern.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

The book, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi; small handful of rice

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer, Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet software, calculators


Vocabulary: patterns, table, Rani (girl's name in the story), raja (Indian king), famine (a drastic shortage)

1.)Procedure: Explain the objectives of the lesson, and then begin reading the story. (Brief summary of story: During a famine, Rami outsmarts the raja by asking him to give her one grain of rice to be doubled every day, for 30 days.) Stop reading the story on the ninth day and ask students,"What is the pattern?" Ask students to share the patterns that they have noticed. Students will now predict how many grains of rice she will have on the 30th day. Finish reading the story to see if students' calculations were correct.

2.)Students will be given an opportunity to construct a table illustrating the data in the story using either spreadsheet software or a calculator with paper and pencil. Compare the two methods and their results. Which one was quicker? Which one gave the most accurate results?


Assessment Strategies

1. How many grains of rice did Rani receive in all? (1,073,741,823) More than a billion 2. What did you notice about the grains she received each day? (doubled or multiplied by 2)





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