My plan for the day was pretty easy and eased the kids back into the swing of things before they have finals in 3 weeks (again, we are on a semester schedule). Trigonometry was supposed to start unit 6, sequences and series, today but that was slightly altered to accommodate for the poor test results of unit 5. However, I wanted to still get them to start thinking about the unit at the end of class.
I started out by discussing what unit we were about to embark in and how it was very important to notice patterns. To warm us up, I created a series of broken up comic strips and placed them into baggies. Their job, was to place the comic strips back into the correct order. Now, this wasn't an entirely easy feat as I placed the pieces of 5 different comic strips into one bag (and this could have been made even more difficult if I had chosen comics that used the same characters).
After the groups raced to complete the comic strips, I allowed for them to read the comic strips (they were all math related, woo hoo!) and then we discussed what strategies they used to solve the comic strips, which was then related to problem solving and looking for the patterns = finding the common ratio or difference in a sequence.
Overall, I liked this as a unique introduction to Sequences & Series and the kids enjoyed it slightly, for the brief amount of time that they did it. Next time, I'd love to make it more difficult or even have the kids create their own sequence of events. Tonight, they get to start taking notes as my preheating/flipped classroom esque style.