Intro to Growing Shapes | Interactive Digital Visual Models

Intro to Growing Shapes | Interactive Digital Visual Models

Teaching patterns with growing shapes isn’t always easy! But these visual model activities with digital manipulatives can help!

This lesson includes interactive Google Slides, digital manipulatives, and a video on how to edit the master slide to create more practice problems easily!


Using effective visual models is one of the most important activities to do when you’re teaching patterns.  Use these digital manipulative visual models to help your students practice explaining growing shapes and the patterns they follow.

Students may struggle to understand patterns with shapes. Many students will understand how the shapes grow after seeing them and building them with the digital manipulatives.

In this lesson, students will use the digital manipulatives to create visual models to learn about growing shapes. And, they’ll begin to make visual connections. This visual connection and the use of digital manipulatives will help your students succeed. (Common Core Standard 4.OA.C.5)

Benefits of The Intro to Growing Shapes

Students will have the opportunity to use digital manipulatives to work with growing shapes as they learn about the patterns they create.

The included activities can be completed digitally. They will prepare you to teach the standards (4.OA.C.5) through digital “hands-on” learning.

You’ll also save time by using the pre-made activities. And the completed activities make for a great formative assessment or an artifact for student portfolios.

  • Low Floor, High Ceiling Math Task
  • Digital Activity with Digital Manipulatives
  • Supports Deep Conceptual Understanding
  • Aligned to Standards (4.OA.C.5)
  • Promotes Student Discourse
  • Minimal Prep Time
  • Easy to Edit and Create More Activities

What’s Included?

These Intro to Growing Shapes activities contain everything you need to teach this lesson with minimal prep time:

  • Editable Google Slides activity – added to your Google Drive
  • Practice problems with manipulatives that are ready to go
  • Video: How to edit Google Master Slides


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