Lesson plan

Playing with Patterns

Through play and a project, students will learn how to create and extend patterns by using various objects.
GradeSubjectView aligned standards

Students will be able to produce and extend a pattern using different objects.

(5 minutes)
Light Up The Party!
  • Line students up in a boy-girl pattern.
  • Then, begin pointing to each student and say "boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl...".
  • Tell students that this is a Pattern, or a repeated way in which something happens.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students play the game Patterns on the FarmAs a class.
  • Call on students sitting quietly to come up to participate.
(10 minutes)
  • Sit students down and give each student two different colors of linking cubes. These can be substituted for colored blocks or other items that can be patterned.
  • Ask students to create a pattern using the manipulatives.
  • Walk around the classroom to see how the students are doing. Remind them that sometimes saying the colors out loud helps!
(10 minutes)
  • Now tell students that they will be completing a project.
  • Give each student a large piece of white paper, two different colors of tempera paint, and two cups.
  • Have students dip the top of one plastic cup (the part you drink from) into one colour of the paint and put it on the paper. Then, have them do the same with the other colour of paint and cup. Tell them to create a pattern using the two different colors of paint!
  • Walk around the room to assess students.
  • Enrichment:Have students who are doing well with AB patterning to complete an ABC pattern using three colors instead of two.
  • Support:Allow students to create a pattern using colored blocks before using the paint to gain additional practise.
  • Assessment should be based on how the students do while completing the patterning project.
(10 minutes)
  • As a review, give students a copy of Light Up The Party! and have them try to correctly colour the lanterns to finish the patterns. If students are struggling, pair them with a partner.

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