Name Pattern

Based on Carol Stephenson’s Mathematics Lesson

Curriculum – Patterning 

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


Students will begin in a group and then break off to work on their name pattern in small groups. Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.


  • Name pattern grid (Appendix A)
  • Pencils
  • Markers

For appendix download the lesson plan here.


  • Explain that students will be noticing the different patterns using the letters of their name.


  • In their table groups, children write their name in the long box at the top (see Appendix A).
  • Then, in pencil, students write their name over and over in the grid.
    • Important note: students who have names with 4 or 8 letters will get a 7×7 (Appendix A) chart. All other children will get a 8×8 chart (Appendix B).
  • Students are then required to choose a different colour for each different letter of their name.
    • For example, the name “Emma” would have three different colours because both “m’s” would have the same colour.
  • Children then go over the letters in their chosen colours.


  • Children will clearly be able to notice the different patterns that show up in their names.