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Standards for the lesson plan
Algebra: Sorting, Representing, and Patterns

These standards and benchmarks are from McREL's online database, Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 education (4th edition, 2004) (http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/.) The mathematics portion of the database was developed using National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards in addition to other nationally recognized standards documents.

Standard 1: Uses a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process
Grades K-2

Benchmark 1: Draws pictures to represent problems

Benchmark 2:

Uses discussion with teachers and other students to understand problems

Benchmark 4: Makes organized lists or tables of information necessary for solving a problem

Benchmark 5: Uses whole number models (for example, pattern blocks, tiles, or other manipulative materials) to represent problems

Standard 8: Understands and applies basic and advanced properties of functions and algebra
Grades Pre-K

Benchmark 1: Understands simple patterns (for example, boy-girl-boy-girl)

Benchmark 2: Repeats simple patterns

Grades K-2

Benchmark 1: Recognizes regularities in a variety of contexts (for example, events, designs, shapes, sets of numbers)

Benchmark 2: Extends simple patterns (for example, of numbers, physical objects, geometric shapes)