August 24, 2015
by D'Vonne White

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Pretty Patterns

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Students will be able to reproduce and extend a pattern using various objects.

(10 minutes)
  • Have students come together as a group.
  • To motivate the students, begin by saying that "Today, we will be learning about patterns. Look around the room. Can anyone identify a pattern?"
  • If no one knows what a pattern is, then make a simple pattern on the whiteboard, e.g. circle, triangle, circle, triangle, circle, triangle.
  • Alternate differently colored markers to make the pattern more easily identifiable.
  • Inform the students that this is a pattern of circles and triangles.
(10 minutes)
  • Draw five different simple patterns on the board. Use various geometric shapes and objects to create bright, colorful patterns. (This can also be done in advance.)
  • At the end of each pattern, one or two spaces should be blank. For example, heart, square, heart, square, heart, ___.
  • As a group, have the students call out the shape or object by its name and color.
  • When you get to the end ask who knows what the last shape or object should be.
  • Have the students give the correct answer and the teacher can draw in the space.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students return to their desks.
  • Provide the students with construction paper and glue.
  • Ask the students to each create a simple pattern with foam geometric shapes.
(10 minutes)
  • Provide each student with a copy of the Cut It Out! worksheet and a pencil. (You can either pre-cut the picture pieces at the bottom of the page for each student or have the students cut out their own pictures.)
  • Read the instructions from the worksheet to the students.
  • Once students have cut out their picture pieces, have them complete their worksheet by gluing on the correct object were needed.
  • Enrichment: Provide advanced students with more complex patterns, such as the ones on the Circle Up! worksheets.
  • Support: Cut out struggling students' pictures for them, and allow them to work together to complete their assignments.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students each create a complete pattern with two different shapes.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the students listen to the story Busy Bugs: A Book About Patterns.
  • Ask students to identify the patterns on the butterflies and ladybugs.

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