# Growing Patterns

## Curriculum Goal

#### 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?

## Related Lessons

Students predict the next sequence of a pattern.

Practice recognizing, extending and using the pattern core to predict what comes next.