# Tagged: nth term

## A sequences alternative to ‘how many matchsticks’

Sequences. You build up a pattern of squares from matchsticks, getting the pupils to fill in a table of number of squares vs number of matchsticks. You ask them to spot the term-to-term and position-to-term (nth term) rules and feel great if they do. I’ve taught this lesson a few times at differing ability levels this year and the other...

## Getting across what an nth term rule is

On Friday I had one of those ‘this is why I went into teaching lessons’ where everything seemed to come together. What made the experience even more satisfying was the fact that if you’d have been there for the first 10 minutes you’d probably have thought that the lesson was well down the path towards crashing and burning. The learning...

## Introducing algebra- consecutive numbers addition puzzle

Here’s are really good way of introducing algebra and getting across the idea of what a variable is. The pdf slides that you can use on the interactive white board to run this activity are here. Start by getting the pupils to draw this diagram in their books: They then choose a number between 1 and 10 and write this...

## Mexican Wave Sequences

A great little game to make sequences fun! Get the pupils into a horseshoe. Put up an nth term rule on the board. They have to do a mexican wave around the horseshoe but as they stand up they have to shout out the next term in the sequence. The first person is n=1, second person is n=2 etc… See...