Lesson Plan

It's Pattern Time

Get those bodies moving and make some patterns. This lesson uses fine and gross motor skills to teach your students about AB patterns.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Making Patterns pre-lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify what a pattern is and predict what should come next in patterns. Students will be able to create an AB pattern.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Tell students they will be learning about patterns today. Tell students that a pattern is a design that repeats.
  • Sing the pattern action song with the class:

Patterns happen all the time.

It's pattern, pattern, pattern time. (Clap three times)

It's something that happens over and over again. (Roll hands around each other)

  • Sing the song first, only letting the class listen. Then encourage students to join in as you sing it again.


  • Connect with students prior knowledge by displaying images of everyday patterns they are familiar with (e.g., trees, flowers, blocks, clothing designs, etc.).
  • Provide the definition of a pattern in students' home language (L1).


  • Introduce the song by modeling the hand motions and singing the words aloud.
  • Have students echo each line after you sing it to become comfortable with the new vocabulary.