Ethan makes a recurring pattern from the letters in his name.
After how many letters would the 8th 'N' appear?
What would be the 25th letter in this pattern?
What would be the 959th letter in this pattern?
How did you use this starter? Can you suggest
how teachers could present or develop this resource? Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive
feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for Maths teachers anywhere in the world.
Click here to enter your comments.
Sign in to your Transum subscription account to see the answers
Note to teacher: Doing this activity once with a class helps students develop strategies. It is only when they do this activity a second time that they will have the opportunity to practise those strategies. That is when the learning is consolidated. Click the button above to regenerate another version of this starter with a randomly chosen name.
The facility to enter the names of the students in your own class into this Starter is available to Transum subscribers.
The solutions to this and other Transum puzzles, exercises and activities are available here when you are signed in to ydour Transum subscription account. If you do not yet have an account and you are a teacher, tutor or parent you can apply for one here.
Your access to the majority of the Transum resources continues to be free but you can help support the continued growth of the website by doing your Amazon shopping using the links on this page. Below is an Amazon link. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small amount from qualifying purchases which helps pay for the upkeep of this website.Educational Technology on Amazon
Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops? This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments:
However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.
Repeating sequences can be easily created by dragging a selected range of cells in Excel. If everyone in the class created a repeating sequence from the letters in their first names, at what letter position (nth term formula) would everyone in the class have the first letter of their names (after the first position of course!)
Here is the URL which will take them to a related activity.
See the National Curriculum page for links to related online activities and resources.