Early Years
Age 3-6

# Curriculum

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)​

# Context

• Students and teacher will be sitting on the carpet in a circle.
• Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.

# Materials

• Paper “magical snakes” (Appendix A)​
• Small beads or small manipulatives to use as “magical pellets”

# Lesson

• 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.

# Look Fors

• Are they able to express their reasoning? ​
• Are children able to identify the pattern and calculate at the next and previous iteration?