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Naming Number Patterns – Board Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 10 pages | Grades: 3 - 4

Identify the rule or missing numbers from an input-output table, number sequence, or word problem with this number patterns board game.

Number Patterns Board Game 

This board game has students answering question cards about number patterns to progress and be the first to finish. Question types include:

  • In/out tables: What Is the Rule?
  • In/out tables: Name the Missing Numbers
  • Missing numbers in a sequence
  • Number pattern word problems

To play, players spin the spinner and move their token that amount of spaces. If the space says “DRAW,” they draw a question card, solve the number pattern problem, and write the answer on the whiteboard. Watch out for other spaces that have special instructions!

Through this activity, students will show that they can name missing numbers in patterns that use addition and subtraction and identify the rule of the pattern.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use these task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Provide students who need extra support with a number chart or work with a buddy.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge more-capable students to create additional question cards for the game.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

This resource was created by Beth Hindi, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.


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