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Patterns to the Rescue
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In the CYBERCHASE episode: THE PODDLEVILLE CASE -- the diabolical Hacker wreaks havoc when he steals the power pods of Poddleville, a cybercity filled with patterns. Our heroes must use math and logic to crack the double pattern that unlocks the Poddles' cyberpower vault before Hacker and his henchmen do! In this lesson, students watch the episode and play online games to learn that patterns are sequences that repeat or change in an orderly way. The lesson culminates with students creating their own patterns to use in their own songs!

Grade Level:
3 - 5

Time Allotment:
1-2 class periods

Subject Matter:
Mathematics: algebra

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Analyze patterns of numbers and shapes to find the next two terms in each sequence.


National Council for Teachers of Math Standard
Describe, extend, and make generalizations about geometric and numerical patterns.

This lesson was adapted from Thirteen/WNET New York's Educational Publishing Department's CYBERCHASE Teacher's Guide.