Curriculum – Patterning
For students to explore, recognize, describe, and create patterns, using a variety of materials in different contexts.
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 manipulative to use as “magical pellets”
For appendix download the lesson plan here.
- Introduce students to the magical snakes. In order for the snakes to do magical things, they must have the right amount of 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 including doubling, adding by three, etc. Choose a pattern that will suit the children’s needs.
- If children become proficient at spotting patterns, children can make up their own patterns and share it with their classmates.