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 and teacher sitting on the carpet in a circle.

# Materials

• Roughly 20 Unifix cubes per student

# Lesson

• Place unifix cubes in the middle of the circle. ​
• Instruct students to gather approximately 10 cubes of two different colours. ​
• Introduce how to identify and build patterns based on colour by providing examples (e.g. AAB).​
• Inform students that this segment of the pattern is called the “building block”. ​
• Demonstrate that when multiple ”building blocks” (AAB) are combined a pattern is formed through repetition (AABAABAAB).​
• Once basic patterning concepts are grasped instruct students to create a unique “building block” of their own.​
• Once all students have had the opportunity to construct a pattern, go around the circle and ask each student to name and describe the pattern they have created.

# Look Fors

• Can children identify the ”building block”?​
• How quickly and easily do children build accurate patterns?

# Extension

• This activity can be done using two, three, four, or more different coloured unifix cubes depending on the level of the children.