Before You Begin this Unit…  Unit at a Glance  
This unit on Patterns and Functions build on the previous unit "Who is in School Today?". For students to be successful in this unit, they must first be able to observe and identify attributes. Students should know a variety of ways to describe an object by using careful observations. 
Suggested Dates: November 12 December 10
Estimated Duration: 18 days
*Investigation 1: 5 lessons *Investigation 2: 10 lessons *Investigation 3: 7 lessons 

Standards Addressed in the Unit  
Link to CCSS Unpacking Document Updated June '15 K At a glance document K.CC.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. K.CC.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. K.CC.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted. K.CC.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger. K.CC.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1–20, count out that many objects.
K.G.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Types of patterns (AB, ABC, etc.) are not in the Common Core Standards. However, this unit provides a foundation for number patterns and skip counting, which is foundational in the Common Core in future grades. 