Early Years
Age 3-6

# Curriculum

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

• Before students complete this activity they should have previous experience with patterns and constructing them. ​
• All students will begin in groups of 4-6 then will eventually break off to work on their name pattern individually.

# Materials

• Name pattern grid (orepending on the number of letters in each student’s name)​
• Pencils ​
• Markers

# Lesson

• Tell students they will be using letters in their names to recognize patterns. ​
• Students with 4 or 8 letters in their name will use Appendix A (7×7)​
• All other children will use Appendix B (8×8)​
• In groups of 4-6, students will write their name in the long box at the top of their grid (e.g. “ZACHARY”). This represents their building block.​
• Then students proceed by writing one letter of their name per box in pencil from left to right.​
• Students will repeatedly fill in the boxes with the letters of their name until all boxes are filled.​
• Students are then required to choose a different colour marker for each letter in their name (e.g. the name ”Emma” would have three different colours since both “m’s” would have the same colour).​
• Instruct children to trace over the letters they originally wrote in pencil with the appropriate marker colour. ​
• The goal of this activity is to allow children to visually recognize the different patterns that their name creates.

# Look Fors

• How quickly and easily can children identify patterns using the letters of their names? ​
• What skills do students use when identifying patterns?