Guided Lessons

Pretty Patterns

Students will have a blast reproducing colorful patterns in this creativity-filled kindergarten lesson. Featuring both worksheets and craft activities, it's sure to help kids learn while having fun.

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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 colour.
• 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)
• 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.