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Lesson 3 - Making Polygon Patterns



 1. 

Craig created this pattern with toothpicks.

mc001-1.jpg

What is the pattern rule for this pattern?
a.
start with 4 toothpicks then add 2 each time
b.
start with 4 toothpicks then add 1 to the bottom and then 1 to the top
c.
start with 4 toothpicks then add 2 to the bottom and then 1 to the top
d.
start with 4 toothpicks then add 1 to the bottom and then 2 to the top
 

 2. 

Look at Craig’s pattern in Question 1. What type of polygon is formed in each shape?
a.
hexagon
c.
quadrilateral
b.
triangle
d.
pentagon
 

 3. 

Dana created this pattern with toothpicks.
mc003-1.jpg

What is the pattern rule for this pattern?
a.
start with a triangle and add 2 toothpicks each time
b.
start with a hexagon and add 1 toothpick each time
c.
start with a pentagon and add 2 toothpicks each time
d.
start with a quadrilateral and add 1 toothpick each time
 

 4. 

Look at Dana’s pattern in Question 3. How many toothpicks will she need for the next polygon in the pattern?
a.
12
b.
13
c.
9
d.
11
 

 5. 

Lee drew the following polygons.
mc005-1.jpg

Describe the pattern he used to draw each shape.
a.
start with 8 sides and add 1 side each time
b.
start with 10 sides and subtract 2 sides each time
c.
start with 10 sides and subtract 1 side each time
d.
start with 9 sides and add 2 sides each time
 

 6. 

Look at Lee’s pattern in Question 5. What is the name of the polygon that will come next in the pattern?
a.
quadrilateral
c.
pentagon
b.
hexagon
d.
triangle
 



 
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