- How many blocks to make these buildings?

- How many blocks to make the next building? How do you know?

Draw and label a picture with lengths.

- What is the pattern – or what are some of the patterns? How would you describe it?

- Will the pattern continue indefinitely? Is there going to be a biggest building? What do we mean by biggest – tallest or most cubes?

- Can we describe it in algebraic terms?

- Make a table of the data. Examine the differences. Extend the table.

- Volume of rectangular boxes uses the height width and length, so… Find an algebraic rule for the height. Another for the width. Another for the height. Combine for a volume rule.

- Graph the volume rule. What can you tell? How does it make sense?

- Next level stuff: can you see the rule in the pictures?

- How is algebra like generalizing?