Use our Patterns Lesson Plan to introduce the concept of patterns with experiential practice for young students. In this lesson, students will identify patterns with shapes and figures, in numbers, as well as with colors. Students demonstrate and generalize their understanding by independently creating their own patterns using numbers, shapes, and colors.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display at least three patterns for all students to review. Ask students: What do you notice about the colors, pictures, or shapes?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to patterns. Ask students if they can name other kinds of patterns. (Small to large, young to old, light to dark, etc.)
- Allow for responses and discussions. Introduce the three basic pattern types: numbers, shapes, and colors.
- Distribute Patterns content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final questions for lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students, but each student will create their own patterns, allowing their partner to guess the next number, shape, or color. Distribute supplies. Allow students time to create and manipulate the numbers and shapes, including coloring some of the figures. Circulate through the class to ensure student understanding of the instructions. Once completed, each student will create 5 patterns (6 images per pattern) on the provided construction paper. Student volunteers may then share the completed patterns with the class.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: What patterns do you have in your life? What are some patterns you notice with other people?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
- If possible, walk students through the school and outdoors to identify patterns.
Common Core State Standards: None for Grades 1 and 2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.D.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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