# Patterns with Unifix Cubes

## 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 are sitting at carpet arranged in a circle.

## Materials

• Approximately 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.

## Related Lessons

Students explore patterns, focusing on building and describing the pattern core.

Students explore patterns, focusing on building and describing the pattern core.