# Ladybug 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 sitting on the carpet in a circle.
• Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.

## Materials

• Working Mats
• Small ladybug toys (or another set of small manipulatives)

## Lesson

• Explain that students will be making patterns with ladybugs.
• Bring to studentsâ€™ attention that in the past they have made patterns out of different colours and letters but today the material they will be working with is all the same.
• Ask students to make a pattern using the ladybugs.
• Children will have to think outside the box to create a pattern.
• Once students are finished, ask them to share their pattern.

## Look Fors

• How does the child create their pattern? What strategies do they use?
• Can the children articulate their pattern clearly?
• Are they able to continue a pattern and predict the next term?

## Extension

• This activity can be done with various types of materials. Challenge students to try creating another pattern. How is it different or the same as the first pattern they created?
• Students can be challenged to continue another student’s pattern.

## Related Lessons

Another activity asking students to build and then describe repeating patterns.

Prior Lesson: A math activity for early learners exploring the concept of the pattern core.