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Matchstick Patterns (1)

In this worksheet, students link matchstick problems to number sequences.

'Matchstick Patterns (1)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:  Solve Number Problems to 1 000 000

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Matchstick problems are easy ways to create number sequences.

Look at this sequence of three matchstick patterns.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

Count the number of matchsticks in each pattern to get the following results:

 

Pattern 1          4 matchsticks

Pattern 2          7 matchsticks

Pattern 3         10 matchsticks

 

Notice that the number of matchsticks increases by 3 each time.

This is because we are adding this shape each time:

 

Matchsticks

 

We can therefore predict the following:

 

 

Pattern 4         13 matchsticks

Pattern 5         16 matchsticks

Pattern 6         19 matchsticks

 

 

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 3 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 4 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 7 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 10 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 2 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 3 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 4 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 5 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 7 ?

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 10 ?

  • Question 1

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 3 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
10
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 4 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 4 + 3 = 7 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 7 + 3 = 10 matchsticks
  • Question 2

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 4 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
13
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 4 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 4 + 3 = 7 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 7 + 3 = 10 matchsticks Pattern 4 = 10 + 3 = 13 matchsticks
  • Question 3

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 7 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
22
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 4 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 4 + 3 = 7 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 7 + 3 = 10 matchsticks Pattern 4 = 10 + 3 = 13 matchsticks Pattern 5 = 13 + 3 = 16 matchsticks Pattern 6 = 16 + 3 = 19 matchsticks Pattern 7 = 19 + 3 = 22 matchsticks
  • Question 4

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 10 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
31
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 7 = 19 + 3 = 22 matchsticks Pattern 8 = 22 + 3 = 25 matchsticks Pattern 9 = 25 + 3 = 28 matchsticks Pattern 10 = 28 + 3 = 31 matchsticks
  • Question 5

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 2 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
5
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 3 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 3 + 2 = 5 matchsticks
  • Question 6

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks are there in Pattern 3 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
7
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 3 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 3 + 2 = 5 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 5 + 2 = 7 matchsticks
  • Question 7

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 4 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
9
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 3 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 3 + 2 = 5 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 5 + 2 = 7 matchsticks Pattern 4 = 7 + 2 = 9 matchsticks
  • Question 8

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 5 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
11
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 1 = 3 matchsticks Pattern 2 = 3 + 2 = 5 matchsticks Pattern 3 = 5 + 2 = 7 matchsticks Pattern 4 = 7 + 2 = 9 matchsticks Pattern 5 = 9 + 2 = 11 matchsticks
  • Question 9

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 7 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
15
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 4 = 7 + 2 = 9 matchsticks Pattern 5 = 9 + 2 = 11 matchsticks Pattern 6 = 11 + 2 = 13 matchsticks Pattern 7 = 13 + 2 = 15 matchsticks
  • Question 10

Look at this matchstick pattern.

 

Matchstick pattern

 

How many matchsticks will there be in Pattern 10 ?

CORRECT ANSWER
21
EDDIE SAYS
Pattern 6 = 11 + 2 = 13 matchsticks Pattern 7 = 13 + 2 = 15 matchsticks Pattern 8 = 15 + 2 = 17 matchsticks Pattern 9 = 17 + 2 = 19 matchsticks Pattern 10 = 19 + 2 = 21 matchsticks
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