Lesson Plan: The 𝑛th Term of a Sequence Mathematics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to find the 𝑛th term of a sequence and how to use the 𝑛th term to work out terms in the sequence.


Students will be able to

  • find the 𝑛th term for a given sequence of numbers or patterns,
  • using an 𝑛th term rule to work out terms of a sequence,
  • solve more complex problems, such as using 𝑛th term rules with negative answers or finding 𝑛th term rules from word problems with a real-world context.


Students should already be familiar with

  • number sequences,
  • the four basic operations on numbers,
  • negative numbers.


Students will not cover

  • terminologies such as “arithmetic sequence,” “geometric sequence,” or “harmonic sequence,”
  • recursive formulas.

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