Early Years
Age 3-6

# Curriculum

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 will be in small groups on the carpet.​
• Students should have previous experience with patterns and making patterns.

# Materials

• Beads of different shapes and colours ​

# Lesson

• Explain to students that while they are sitting in groups, they will be making their own patterns with the beads.​
• Bring to students’ attention that patterns can go in any direction (horizontally, vertically or diagonally).​
• Give each student a hundreds chart.​
• Have children create a pattern on the hundreds chart in any direction.​
• After students have finished their first pattern, have them describe and explain their pattern to their group.​
• Ask students to keep their first pattern on the chart and add to it by making a second pattern.​
• Repeat the steps above and have children make as many patterns as they can.​
• Take a picture of the patterns they made for documentation.​

# Look Fors

• How complex are children’s patterns? Are they based on colour, shape, size or a combination?​
• How often do children create patterns in different directions? What happens when they intersect?