Being able to recognize and work with patterns is an important foundational math skill. Often learned in elementary school, pattern recognition helps us observe and make predictions based on those observations. Furthermore, a strong understanding of pattern recognition helps students prepare to learn more complex concepts such as algebra later on.
This week’s word problem challenge provides a fun opportunity to practice their number pattern skills. Go ahead and give it a try, and check back tomorrow for the solution.
Question: What are the next 4 numbers in the pattern below?
50, 45, 46, 41, 42, _____, _____, _____, _____
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