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Tech Number Patterns

Kishia Aguilar


Students engage in interactive activities with the computer and other students to recognize patterns in even numbers.


The student demonstrates and explains the difference between odd and even numbers using concrete objects or drawings.


-Computer with Internet access
-Overhead projector (optional)
-Transparency of a bee
- Water-based transparency pens
- Even Number Bee worksheet (see Associated file)
- ESOL accommodation bees (see Modifications)


1. Prepare transparency of large bee (that also accommodates ESOL students) See attached file for worksheet that will give you an example of what the bee should look similar to.
2. Prepare ESOL accommodation worksheets. (see modification section)
3 Download Even Number Bee worksheets from the associated file and make enough copies for each student.
4. If using overhead projector instead of laminated bee, make transparencies.
5. Have computers with Internet access or any other computer programs readily available.
6. Have all materials listed above ready for use.


1. Explain the concept of even numbers. (i.e. anything that ends in 0,2,4,6,8 is even.)

2. Explain patterns in sequences of numbers. (i.e. If they see 4, 6, 8, ?, could they tell what comes next? Tell them that this is a pattern in a sequence of numbers. Adding 2 to each number is the pattern.)

3. Use overhead transparency of a bee. The gray and white parts of the bee will be numbered in sequence with even numbers. The stinger will be blank. The students will try to figure out what number belongs in the stinger.
Ex: gray (2), White (4), gray (6), White (8), Stinger (?)
Erase the numbers and fill in different ones asking if the they see a pattern. (You may also leave one of the stripes blank instead of the stinger.)

4. Hand out the Even Number Bee worksheets for the students to work on with a buddy (see Associated File). This is very effective with ESOL students.

5. Students work on four problems given by the teacher on the handout. Walk around the class checking for understanding and answering any questions.

6. Buddy pairs of students go to the computer and visit different Websites where they practice working with number patterns. The Websites are listed in the Weblinks section of this lesson. (You may also elect to use different software programs of your choice.)

7. ESOL accommodations are recommended and listed in the modification section of this lesson plan.


Note: This lesson only teaches and assesses even numbers.

Given the Even Number Bee worksheet (see Associated file) the students fill in the appropriate areas with the correct even numbers. Observe students as they work and offer formative feedback. Students having difficulty may need more instruction or practice.

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


1. The same concept and lesson can be used for odd number patterns and sequences.
ESOL Modifications:
2. Modifications can be made for ESOL students. As you write the numbers on the transparency orally say them in English and also in the student's native language. Ex: 4 (quatro)
3. You may also want to highlight keywords in the directions on the ESOL students' worksheets so they can understand the directions better. You may even chose to make special worksheets that include the English numerical number followed by the word written in the students' native language along with the special highlights in the directions.

Web Links

Web supplement for Tech Number Patterns
Patterns & Hints: The Queen's Hints

Web supplement for Tech Number Patterns
Counting Even Numbers

Web supplement for Tech Number Patterns
Multiple Counting Practice

Attached Files

The Even Number Bee Worksheet.     File Extension: pdf

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