Kindergarten: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviour
- Recognize, explore, describe, and compare patterns, and extend, translate, and create them, using the core of a pattern and predicting what comes next. (#18)
- Students and teacher will be sitting on the carpet in a circle.
- Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.
- Paper “magical snakes” (Appendix A)
- Small beads or small manipulatives to use as “magical pellets”
- Bring out one snake and say that this snake can play basketball if it has two magical pellets.
- Then bring out a snake twice the size. Ask How many pellets will this snake need to play basketball?
- Present a smaller snake and ask the same question as above.
- Listen to children’s theories about how many pellets the snakes need.
- Reinforce that they are learning about patterns and that there will be some pattern to how many pellets the snakes will need.
- Repeat the steps above using different pattern combinations.
- Patterns can include doubling, adding by three, etc.
- If children become proficient at spotting patterns, children can make up their own patterns and share it with their classmates.
- Are they able to express their reasoning?
- Are children able to identify the pattern and calculate at the next and previous iteration?