After introducing Visual Patterns to my Math 8 students, I began to see their creative side through various “Draw” work samples from our Nearpod patterns lessons. They did an excellent job generalizing linear patterns! Though their experiences with nonlinear functions have been slim to none yet, helping students see connections to area and quadratic functions informally helped. All of this to say, it was time for *ME* to stop being the chief-pattern-creator, and it was time to charge them with the task.
Enter… Book Creator!
I designed a project checklist and permitted students to choose their own groups of ideally 2-3 people. Each group designed one linear pattern and one nonlinear pattern (I encouraged quadratic patterns at this level, so as to relate to areas of figures), created visuals to show how they saw each pattern growing, and included a table, graph, and equation using Desmos. All of this student-created media was then organized into a Book Creator mini eBook.
The due date is near, and many students have already submitted some fine work! Want to see students’ completed eBooks? Included in this ThingLink are students’ ePub files (best experienced in iBooks), my sample eBook, and the project checklist. Want to experience a snapshot of students’ work? Check out a few student pages in the images I’ve included below the ThingLink. Enjoy!