Patterns and Algebra Lessons


Want to save time planning your patterns and variables lessons and have access to activities that students love? These SOL-aligned Patterns and Algebra Lessons come with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, games, centers, exit tickets, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included for both in-personal and virtual learning.

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Patterns and Algebra Lessons (Math SOL 5.PFA.1, 5.PFA.2)

Are you looking for no-prep lessons and activities to teach patterns AND variables? Look no further! These Patterns and Algebra Lessons provide everything you need to teach object patterns, numerical patterns, input/output tables, and variables. Save time planning and your students will love completing the hands-on activities found in this unit.

To take a closer look at some of the things included in this unit, check out the preview images at the top of the page!

What will students learn through these detailed lesson plans?

6 Detailed lesson plans are included to help students learn and practice the following skills–

  • Identify, describe, extend, and create increasing and decreasing patterns using various objects, pictures, numbers, number lines, input/output tables, and function machines.
  • Analyze an increasing or decreasing single-operation numerical pattern found in lists, input/output tables, and function machines, and generalize the change to identify the rule, extend the pattern, or identify missing terms.
  • Describe the concept of a variable.
  • Write an equation (with a single variable that represents an unknown quantity and one operation) from a contextual situation, using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.
  • Use an expression with a variable to represent a given verbal expression involving one operation (e.g., “5 more than a number” can be represented by y + 5).
  • Create and write a word problem to match a given equation with a single variable and one operation.

**Patterns are limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers; addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators of 12 or less; and addition and subtraction of decimals expressed in tenths or hundredths.**

What comes in these Patterns and Algebra Lessons?

You will find the following included in this math unit–

  • 6 Detailed Lesson Plans
  • 28 Task Cards
  • 24 Worksheets
  • 6 Exit Tickets
  • 4 Games
  • 3 Anchor Charts
  • 2 Sorts/Foldables
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Final Test
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Digital Activities for Google Slides
  • Answer Keys

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets, the sort, the quizzes, and the test within these Patterns and Algebra Lessons are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

These Patterns and Algebra Lessons are specifically created to align with Virginia math SOLs 5.PFA.1 and 5.PFA.2 although the lessons and activities closely align with most math standards related to patterns, input/output tables, and variables.

Don’t Miss Out!

These Patterns and Algebra Lessons require minimal prep work and are easy to implement whether teaching in-person or virtually. Students will also enjoy learning about patterns and variables as they play games, complete hands-on activities, and relate patterns and variable equations to real-world examples.


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Looking for math lessons for the entire school year? This unit is included in my 5th Grade Math Lessons Bundle at a discounted price.


Other Information:

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