Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Subject:
Mathematics, Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Game, Lesson, Lesson Plan
Level:
Preschool
Tags:
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Premedia - Me
  • Premedia-numbers
  • Premedia-stem
  • Science
  • september22
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
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    Text/HTML

    Play with Patterns

    Play with Patterns

    Overview

    Have items ready to complete and extend patterns.  You can use blocks, poker chips, candy, cards created for holidays, etc.  Hand the materials to your child(ren) and ask them to sort them by likeness.  Ask them to create, duplicate, complete, and/or extend a pattern.  

    For example, you can hand them a handful of colored goldfish crackers or colored cereal rings.  Once they are sorted, count how many you have of each color. Ask them to select at least 2 colors to make patterns with. Allow them to create more complex patterns as they are ready.

    Summary

    Have items ready to complete and extend patterns.  You can use blocks, poker chips, candy, cards created for holidays, etc.  Hand the materials to your child(ren) and ask them to sort them by likeness.  Ask them to create, duplicate, complete, and/or extend a pattern.

    For example, you can hand them a handful of colored goldfish crackers or colored cereal rings.  Once they are sorted, count how many you have of each color. Ask them to select at least 2 colors to make patterns with. Allow them to create more complex patterns as they are ready.

    Materials

    You can use multiple items to create patterns.  Patterning Activities for Preschool has some ideas.  Below is an example of creating patterns: 

    • Colored Goldfish crackers
      • A rectangular strip may help when creating the pattern.  You may want to add lines or boxes as needed.

    Background for Teachers/Parents

    Know the levels of your child(ren).  This can determine the variety of items to sort, how many things to use for patterning, and the complexity of the pattern intended for children to create. A pattern of red, blue, red, blue is less complex then red, yellow, green, green.

     

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Children will identify and duplicate a pattern.

    Time Frame & Group Size

    Time Frame:15 minutes

    Group Size: Individual or group

    Standards

    Main Standards:

    • Math 3 & 5 yr.2.5
    • Math 3 & 4 yr.1.1
    • Sci 3-4 yr.4.1

    Additional Core Standards:

    • FA 3 & 4 yr.4.2
    • Math 3 & 4yr.4.1 
    • Math 3 & 4 yr.3.3