Introduction to Patterning

Based on Carol Stephenson’s Mathematics Lesson

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Curriculum –¬†Patterning¬†

For students to explore, recognize, describe, and create patterns, using a variety of materials in different contexts.


Students begin by sitting on the carpet in a circle.


  • Whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Whiteboard markers or chalk


  • Put a simple pattern on the board and ask students if they can identify or extend the pattern.


  • After each extension or suggestion of the pattern, ask students how they know and have them explain their reasoning to the class.
  • Put a different pattern on the board and repeat the steps above.
  • Put a pattern up with a missing piece in the middle.
    • Ask students what piece fits and ask them to explain their reasoning.


  • In collaboration with the students, identify the features that define a pattern.