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Patterning Practice with the Flag

In this lesson, students review AB patterning by learning about the flag! This lesson ties in well with both math and lessons for the Fourth of July.
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Students will be able to create a pattern, continue an existing pattern, and explain why we celebrate the Fourth of July.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students the American flag.
  • Ask students why the flag is displayed in the classroom. Have them identify the colors of the flag.
  • Ask students if there is a pattern that they see on the flag.
(10 minutes)
  • Read students the story Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky. Ask comprehension questions throughout the story.
  • Explain to students that we celebrate the Fourth of July because it is when our country gained its independence.
  • Ask students to name traditions that go along with the Fourth of July, such as fire works and picnics.
  • Tell students that today they will be creating their own flag and practicing patterning!
(10 minutes)
  • To practice patterning, have students play the game Roly's Pattern Quiz.
  • Then, display the flag in a place where all students can view it.
(15 minutes)
  • Give each student a white piece of paper and 7 red stripes. Have them create a red white pattern using the red strips. They must glue them in the appropriate place.
  • Next, they should glue on the blue rectangle and places stars on it.
  • Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment complete the Color the American Flag coloring page.
  • Support: To help students better understand the flag patterning, give them a mini flag to place in front of their seat to help create the correct pattern.
  • Assessment should be based on the patterning the students do through the flag craft.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to identify what country the flag represents.
  • Have them share the pattern that they see on the flag.
  • Have students use red and white linking cubes to create the pattern on the flag.

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