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Age 11 to 14

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*Seven Squares printable sheet - seven squares pattern
Seven Squares printable sheet - more patterns*

Three students were asked to draw this matchstick pattern:

This is how Phoebe drew it:

Can you describe what Phoebe did?

How many 'downs' and how many inverted C's are there?

How many matchsticks altogether?

Now picture what Phoebe would do if there had been $25$ squares.

How many 'downs' and how many inverted C's would there be?

How many matchsticks altogether?

If there had been $100$ squares? How many matchsticks altogether?

A million and one squares? How many matchsticks?

This is how Alice drew it:

Can you describe what Alice did?

How many 'alongs' and how many 'downs' are there?

How many matchsticks altogether?

Now picture what Alice would do if there had been $25$ squares.

How many 'alongs' and how many 'downs' would there be?

How many matchsticks altogether?

If there had been $100$ squares? How many matchsticks altogether?

A million and one squares? How many matchsticks?

This is how Luke drew it:

Can you describe what Luke did?

How many squares and how many inverted C's are there?

How many matchsticks altogether?

Now picture what Luke would do if there had been $25$ squares.

How many squares and how many inverted C's would there be?

How many matchsticks altogether?

If there had been $100$ squares? How many matchsticks altogether?

A million and one squares? How many matchsticks?

**Now choose a couple of the patterns below.**

Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next...

Use this to help you find the number of squares, or lines, or perimeter, or dots needed for the $25^{th}$, $100^{th}$ and $n^{th}$ pattern.

Can you describe your reasoning?

**Growing rectangles**

This rectangle has height 2 and width 3.

Work out the perimeter, the number of dots, and the number of lines needed to draw a rectangle with:

- height 2 and width 25
- height 2 and width 100
- height 2 and width n

**L Shapes**

This L shape has height 4 and width 4.

Work out the perimeter, the number of squares, and the number of lines needed to draw an L shape with:

- height 25 and width 25
- height 100 and width 100
- height n and width n

**Two squares**

This pattern with two squares has four black dots.

Work out the number of white dots and the number of lines needed to draw a pattern with:

- 25 black dots
- 100 black dots
- n black dots

**Square of Squares**

This pattern has side length 5.

Work out the number of edge squares and the number of lines needed to draw the pattern with:

- side length 25
- side length 100
- side length n

**Dots and More Dots**

This pattern has side length 3.

Work out the number of dots and the number of lines needed to draw the pattern with:

- side length 25
- side length 100
- side length n

**Rectangle of Dots**

This pattern is made from two joined squares with side length 3.

Work out the number of lines and the number of dots needed to draw the pattern of joined squares with:

- side length 25
- side length 100
- side length n

Investigate how you can work out what day of the week your birthday will be on next year, and the year after...

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