October 24, 2015
by Rickishia Coleby

Lesson plan

It's Pattern Time

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EL Adjustments

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.
(5 minutes)
  • Call a few students to the front of the classroom.
  • Demonstrate how to make a pattern by positioning students in various patterns. Such as boy, girl, boy, girl, or standing, bending, standing, or hands up, hands down, hands up.
  • Encourage students to say what comes next in the pattern.
(10 minutes)
  • Place students in small groups.
  • Give groups counters or blocks in two colors.
  • Instruct them to work together to make an AB pattern.
  • Discuss the patterns each group made.
  • Reward them with praise if they complete the activity correctly.
(10 minutes)
  • Distribute one pipe cleaner to each student with a bowl of several beads in two different colors.
  • Show students an example of a bracelet with an AB pattern.
  • Tell students to make bracelets in an AB pattern by sliding beads on the pipe cleaner.
  • Tie the completed bracelets on your students' hands.


  • Have students play the Make Your Own Pattern Game
  • Challenge students to use a specific number of beads on their bracelet to practice their counting skills.


  • Scaffold students who are struggling while making their bracelets. Help them to place to correct color that would come next.
(10 minutes)
  • Check each bracelet as students complete them. Note if they placed the colors in a correct AB pattern.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what a pattern is.
  • Choose a student to display their bracelet and say the pattern they made.

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