Lesson Plan

Color Patterns: Not Always Black and White

Zebras aren't always black and white! Your students will have fun with patterns as they make and describe their own color pattern on a zebra.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to create and identify a pattern.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Color the Relaxing Zebras
  • Ask students what animal names start with the letter Z.
  • Show students a picture of a zebra. Ask them what they notice about the animal, and write what students say on the board or on chart paper.
  • Ask students what they notice about the coloring of the zebra. If students do not identify that the black and white stripes form an AB pattern, help guide them by saying black, white, black, white out loud.

Beginning

  • Prior to the start of the lesson, review color names. Connect to student prior knowledge by reviewing in both English and student home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Ask students to think about other animals with similar coloring (panda, skunk, etc.).